September 22, 2015; Lakeside Lions at Otwell Bulldogs
With play-off intentions still on the line the Lions traveled “up the road” to take on the winless Otwell squad. Even though the Bulldogs have struggled this season, historically this match-up has always been a challenging one for the Lions. The opening kick was a harbinger as the Otwell kicker miss hit the ball sending it backwards and giving Lakeside great field position. Nine plays later running back Brett Morlanne sprinted in from 5 yards out for a quick lead. He also added the extra points spotting Lakeside an early 8-0 lead. On the next series Morlanne again did the damage racing 60 yards for another touchdown. Though the extra point failed the Lions now held a 14-0 advantage. After a quick three and out by the Lakeside defense, quarterback Josh Green launched a perfect strike to Morlanne, who this time galloped 67 yards for another score. Tight end Will Miller got into the act catching a perfectly thrown pass for the two point conversion and a dominating 22-0 lead. Otwell’s offense finally found some rhythm, but this was short-lived as cornerback Colby Cruz intercepted an errant pass.
The second half started with Lakeside kicking to the Bulldogs. The defensive line bolstered by the trio of Bradley Hutchison, Allan Reyes and Taft Hilton clogged the middle all but eliminating the Otwell ground game. Tailback Bryan Walker sped 78 yards for another quick strike and Miller once again hauled in the pass for another successful conversion. Reserve quarterback Kohl Harris scampered 44 yards for the game’s final tally and running back Conor Finegan added the bonus points extending the Lakeside lead to 38-0.
September 19, 2015; Lakeside Lions at North Forsyth Wildcats
Lakeside traveled to North Forsyth determined to avenge their earlier encounter with the always stubborn Wildcats. The Lions have had a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality this season. At times playing fundamental, mistake free football; then finding a way to short circuit their game plan making a plethora of drive-killing miscues. After Lakeside’s initial defensive stand the thinking among the Lion faithful was that of the former. Defensive tackles Hunter Orth and Derek Newsome jammed the middle, forcing the North Forsyth rushers to the outside. Bryce Connelly, playing both defensive end and some outside linebacker had his best day as a Lakeside Lion, leading the team in tackles and assists. The Wildcats second possession set the tone for the rest of the morning as they scored from 22 yards out. North Forsyth continued their surge scoring another 20 unanswered points. Final score: North Forsyth 26 Lakeside 0.
September 15, 2015, Riverwatch Panthers at Lakeside Lions
After a productive week of practice the Lakeside Lions felt confident about their game against the Panthers. Although Riverwatch had one mere loss to the Lions, the team had a sense that this year’s outcome would be vastly different. Right from the opening kick-off the Panthers hummed like a well- tuned engine. By halftime the Lakeside team found themselves in a deep 21-0 hole. Although the Lions’ “compete level,” was high turnovers proved too much to overcome. Lakeside did have an early interception by Brett Morlanne, but that one high point quickly faded as the Riverwatch blitz was ramped up. Late in the fourth stanza running back Bryan Walker scampered in from 6 yards out, giving the Lions a dose of respect. The two point conversion by Morlanne proved successful, but the Lions dropped another needed contest, 35-8.
The undefeated Vipers came into the Lions’ Den with the hope of extending their winning streak, while Lakeside was in need for a win after a disheartening loss the week before. The Lakeside squad played strong defensively early, but the Vickery Creek ground game eventually wore down the Lions’ defensive front. The Vipers raced to a commanding 26-0 lead midway through the third quarter. The only Lakeside tally came on a Brett Morlanne 56 yard kick-off return. The 26-6 loss dropped the home team to 1-2 and a need to even their record in their next outing.
August 25, 2015, Little Mill Mustangs @ Lakeside Lions
The ultimate “road warriors,” the Lakeside Lions finally came home after a year’s absence of playing on campus. Little Mill came in looking for their first win of the season, while the Lions wanted to stretch their win streak to two. Early the Lakeside team was dominant, scoring quickly on a Brett Morlanne broken field run. The ensuing two point conversion was successful giving the Lions a quick 8-0 advantage. Defense was the theme the rest of the first half, as both squads shut down the other’s offense. Unfortunately for the home town boys turnovers proved costly as promising drives were stopped by both fumbles and interceptions. The defense led by solid linebacker play from Connor Paquette and Peyton Ray kept the Mustang attack off balance.
Lakeside received the ball starting the second half as once again the Lions marched down the field. Running back Bryan Walker sprinted in from 23 yards out spotting the hometown Lions a 14-0 lead early in the third quarter. Once again turnovers became part of the equation. This time they led to Little Mill tallies. As the fourth quarter became history, the score was knotted at 14. In overtime Lakeside had the initial possession. With first and goal at the 1 yard line Little Mill’s defense which had been solid all day saw opportunity. A brilliant goal line stand prevented any Lion points. Lakeside forced the Mustangs into a fourth and long. A badly time pass interference penalty renewed Little Mill’s bid for victory. Three plays later the Mustangs scored on a short run giving Little Mill a hard fought 20-14 win.
August 22, 2015, Lakeside Lions @ Liberty Patriots
The Lakeside JV squad traveled north for a tilt against the always tough Liberty Patriots. Liberty took the opening kick-off and found the going tough. A week earlier Lakeside’s defense played with a confidence and swagger which was too much for the South Forsyth squad. The Lions opening defensive series had the faithful thinking that another defensive gem was in the offering.
The Lions took on the Eagles. The defense set the tone early, stonewalling South Forsyth on its opening drive. This well managed drive ended as running back Bryan Walker zigzagged his way downfield for 33 yards and pay dirt. Brett Morlanne blasted in from 3 yards out giving Lakeside an early lead. On the ensuing kick-off the Eagles fumbled right into the hands of kicker Morlanne. Again, the Lakeside offense was a thing of perfection as Bryan Walked raced around the left side enroute to a 38 yards sprint to the end zone. Another successful extra point spotted the purple and gold a 16-0 lead. With roughly three minutes left in the opening half South Forsyth struck quickly. A touchdown on the heels of a Lion turnover gave the Eagles life. With Lakeside holding a 16 -6 lead entering the second half it was time for Lakeside to wrestle momentum away from South Forsyth. Two quick scores by Brett Morlanne extended the Lakeside lead to 28-6. The Lion defense continued its stingy play. The Eagles passing game was stymied by solid secondary play and a fierce pass rush from defensive ends Devin McGlockton, Preston Underwood and James Fehr. South Forsyth added a late score, but the Lions second road game of the year ended better than the first; Lions 28, South Forsyth 12
The young Lions traveled to the home of the Eagles for a Saturday morning match-up. Early and often the Lions defense stood stout limiting the South Forsyth attack to minimal yards and numerous turnovers. South’s first drive ended abruptly when Chris Dougherty intercepted an Eagle pass, returning it 12 yards. Unfortunately the Lakeside offense fared no better. They too were limited to insignificant yardage as the South Forsyth defense gave up yardage grudgingly. The contest entered the final quarter all square at 0. Finally midway through the fourth stanza punter Conor Finegan angled a kick deep inside Eagle territory. On the ensuing play, with a blitz called defensive end Devin McGlockton sacked the opposing quarterback in the end zone forcing the ball loose in the process. His counterpart, Jackson Weaver fell on the loose ball for the game’s only score. Lakeside 6 South Forsyth 0.
August 11, 2015 Lakeside Lions at North Forsyth Wildcats
The Lakeside Lions traveled to the home of the defending champion North Forsyth to begin their 2015 campaign. After a fairly successful preseason encounter one week earlier the Lakeside squad had hopes of ruining the Wildcat’s opener. Both defenses established themselves early. Once again, the middle of the Lion defense stymied the North Forsyth running game. Lakeside’s second offensive possession ended early due to a fumble and the Wildcats wasted little time scoring. After other miscues in the first half the Lakeside team found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-0 halftime score. On the second half kick-off, returner Brett Morlanne raced 65 yards for Lakeside’s only score. The Wildcats added one more touchdown before the end of the third quarter, posting a daunting 34-6 lead. Both squads emptied their benches in the fourth quarter. The Lion offense was led effectively by quarterback Camden Payne, passing to the likes of Cameron Cheeley and Conor Finegan. The young Lion defense looked impressive stopping North Forsyth’s offense. Ryan Lightsey and Alec Stephens both made multiple tackles in the final stanza. Final score: North Forsyth 34 Lakeside 6Piney Grove at Lakeside- Scrimmage
The Lakeside Lions kicked off the preseason portion of their 2015 schedule with a home date against the Piney Grove Grizzlies. The Lions scored on their first possession when Brandon Law scampered in from 15 yards out. Tailback Brett Morlanne added a pair of points to spot the home team an 8-0 lead. Defense ruled the second quarter as both teams forced drive- stopping turnovers. Tackles Allan Reyes and Bradley Hutchison created match-up problems up the middle forcing the Piney Grove running game outside, right into the teeth of the Lion outside backers Peyton Ray and Porter Carmical. Lakeside’s first possession of the second half harvested more points as Bryan Walker sprinted 67 yards to pay dirt. After three quarters the home team Lions maintained a fourteen point lead. The varsity’s workday ended as the fourth quarter started. The junior varsity took the reins in an attempt to preserve the victory, but a bullish running game from Piney Grove hammered the Lion defense scoring two quick touchdowns paired with successful extra points. The final game score was Piney Grove 16 Lakeside 14.