On Sunday night, Ray Lewis was on the sidelines in Pittsburgh, watching the Ravens pull out a crucial victory. With the attachment the linebacker has always felt for the Baltimore franchise it's understandable that he was completely entrenched in the game's action, despite an injury that will keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.
Yet as much as Lewis may have been focused on the Ravens' travails, the matchup was actually just the second-most stressful football game he attended over the course of the weekend. That's because Ray Lewis II was on hand to see his son, Ray Lewis III, and junior Lewis' Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep take on Deltona (Fla.) Trinity Christian School in a Class 2A regional semifinal. In this case, there was more than a playoff victory at stake, too, with Lewis III on the verge of a county record.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Lewis III ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Lake Mary Prep to a 38-12 victory. His second rushing touchdown -- an impressive 72-yard gallop to the end zone in the third quarter -- accounted for the 89th rushing touchdown of Lewis III's career, one more than former Lake Howell (Fla.) High running back Marquette Smith, who held the Seminole County career rushing touchdown record until Lewis III arrived on the scene.
While Lewis III still has opportunities to pad those stats in the weeks ahead, those won't be the final chance for fans in Florida to see the younger Lewis run with the ball. Lewis III has committed to his father's alma mater, Miami, where he hopes to leave as much of a mark as his father did.
Whether or not Lewis III ever reaches those heights remains to be seen. Regardless, he'll always have one proud papa following him whenever he's not on the football field himself.