Lakeside Lions @ Pinecrest Paladins
The Lakeside Lions junior varsity was on the road once again, trying to notch another win into their victory belt. Fullback James Fehr, starting his first game at fullback ran with authority early. Unfortunately for the Lions too many mistakes nullified their game plan. On the defensive side tackles Ben Nitowski and Allen Reyes clogged the middle forcing the Paladin running backs outside. Linebacker Connor Paquette and defensive end Evan Gray had strong games at their respective positions, but too much offensive firepower from Pinecrest gradually wore down the Lion defenders. Pinecrest scored on its first possession and were driving again. Lakeside’s defense dug deep and stopped the Paladins on fourth and long only to have a late flag nullify the stand. Eventually Pinecrest crossed the goal line and held a 14-0 lead at the half. Lakeside gave up a big play on the first offensive series of the second half and soon found themselves behind 21-0. Quarterback Josh Green did his best trying to resurrect the Lakeside offense, but to no avail as turnovers and the Paladins ball control offense extinguished any hope for the visitors. Final score Pinecrest 28 Lakeside 0.
Piney Grove Grizzlies @ Lakeside Lions
In a season of close games and unfulfilled expectations the Lions prepared for their season finale with both a focused conviction and championship mindset. Neither team was able to find their offense in the early going. Piney Grove tried to throw the football as a way of setting up the run, while the Lions took the opposing route. Daryn Rogers and Foster Burch gained tough yards, but once inside the red zone the Lakeside offense came up with nothing. At the half neither team had crossed the goal line. Early in the third quarter Damien Nytko sprinted 37 yards for the games’ initial score. With a successful two point conversion the Lions grabbed an 8-0 lead. Piney, however found success on their next drive using the short pass to move successfully into scoring territory. Piney answered, but the point after went wide. Lakeside held a precarious 8-6 lead. As both teams entered the final quarter of their seasons the Grizzlies hit pay dirt again. This time the extra point was successful giving Piney Grove a 13-8 lead with a shade over three minutes to play. Lakeside started with decent field position as both Foster Burch and Daryn Rogers kept the Lions on the march. The games biggest play came from the feet and not the arm of quarterback Drew Morris as he took off for the goal line on a run which ended at the 3 yard line. First and goal with the clock expiring. One play later Foster Burch slammed in for the go ahead score. In a thrilling finish Lakeside comes from behind in dramatic fashion to win 14-13.
Lakeside Lions @ Vickery Creek Vipers
The Lakeside Lions entered this contest under manned as three starters were nursing season-ending injuries. The young Lions faced with adversity most of the season were determined to put up a fight. Brandon Law and Connor Paquette shared the work load at running back, churning out hard earned yardage. The Lakeside secondary stopped the Vipers on their opening drive as safety Steven Brauckman picked off a Vickery pass. On the Vipers’ ensuing drive cornerback Samson Abney jumped a route and intercepted another pass. Unfortunately for the Lions neither turnover led to Lakeside points. As both offenses sputtered the defenses shined brightly. Neither team was able to muster any kind of momentum accounting a scoreless tie at the half. Late in the third quarter the Lions had once again forced the Vipers into a fourth and long, deep in Vickery territory. A poor long snap forced the Viper punter outside sprinting for the first down marker. Vickery maintained possession and eventually drove down for the game’s lone score. Even though the Lakeside offense misfired most of the day wide-out Chris Dougherty caught three balls for 21 yards. Defensively, the line anchored by Rodney Phan and Allen Reyes hounded the Viper ball carriers all day. Defensive end James Fehr played his best game of the year registering 3 tackles and numerous assists. Final score: Vickery Creek 6 Lakeside 0.
Lakeside Lions @ Liberty Patriots
The Lakeside Lions, trying to erase the disappointment of their previous game traveled to Liberty to tangle with the Patriots. Historically, Lakeside has struggled when at Liberty and on this day history prevailed. The Liberty squad took the opening kick-off 62 yards to pay dirt and an early 7-0 lead. To add to Lakeside’s slow start, running back Foster Burch went down with a game ending injury. Daryn Rogers and Damien Nytko did their best to fill the void left by Burch’s injury. Both ran well gaining chunks of yardage, but the Lion offense sputtered in the red zone unable to tally any points. Liberty added another first half score to take a 14-0 half time lead. With halftime adjustments the Lakeside squad had hoped to work their way back into the game. Once again special teams played a pivotal role, as Liberty scored on a 67 yard punt return and a commanding 21-0 lead. Final score: Liberty 21 Lakeside 0
Lakeside Lions v. Otwell Bulldogs
The 2014 hosted the Otwell Bulldogs at Forsyth CentralNeither team was able to establish any offensive consistency, but as the first quarter wore on the Lions offensive line led by guard Brandon Coon and center Harvey Coleman opened running lanes for running back Foster Burch. Two consecutive possessions accounted for touchdowns as Lakeside jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Linebackers Colin Millican and Kyle Biehl combined to shut down the Bulldogs’ inside running game and defensive linemen Jamal Camp and Peyton Kelley kept the Bulldog quarterback from establishing any kind of rhythm. In the second stanza, Drew Morris launched a 27 yard scoring strike to Kelley and a comfortable 20-6 lead at the half. Unfortunately the Lion offense stalled in the second half as the Bulldogs methodically clawed their way back into the game. Late in the fourth quarter with Otwell leading by a mere point the Lions initiated what they hoped would be a game winning drive. The Lions moved into Otwell territory. Morris threw what liked like a perfect pass, but the Bulldog safety executed a perfectly timed interception sprinting 61 yards for the game clinching touchdown. Final score Otwell 28 Lakeside 20.
Lakeside Lions @ Riverwatch Panthers
Our Lakeside Lions traveled to Lambert High School looking to avenge last season’s loss to the always tough Panthers. Lakeside had the game’s initial possession, but found themselves punting after only a single series. The defense, always tough forced the home team into a similar “three and out.” After another brief offensive series Lakeside’s defense looked like they would force the Panthers into another punting situation. On third and long the Lion defense loss contain and allowed the Riverwatch quarterback to sweep around right end for a long gain. Two plays later the Panthers were ahead 7-0. Another Panther possession and another Panther touchdown. As the second half started the Lions were determined to make this game relevant. Jamal Camp turned up the pressure on the Riverwatch signal caller forcing a fumble. That turnover, combined with a well engineered 42 yard drive culminated with running back Foster Burch sprinting into the end zone from 9 yards out. Again a ball hawking defense stripped the ball from an unprepared ball carrier giving Lakeside solid field position with time to play. The Lions moved the ball close with each play, in an attempt to knot the score. With fourth and short staring them in the face, the Lakeside offense snapped the ball only to be denied by the Panther defensive front. Riverwatch added an insurance score late to seal the victory, 21-7.
The Lions, coming off an earlier tie game traveled to the “Home of the Grizzly” hoping for a much needed win. Early on the Lions established dominance on both sides of the ball. Defensively the young Lakeside “D” continually stymied the Piney Grove offense. Stellar play by outside linebacker Brandon Law and cornerback Samson Abney helped the effort. On the attack the Lions were able to establish a consistent rushing attack thanks again to the running of Samson Abney and Bryan Walker. Late in the second quarter, with the Lions maintaining possession quarterback Josh Green sprinted around the right side and didn’t stop until he was in the end zone. Fifty-two yards later Lakeside had a 6-0 lead.
The second half mirrored the first with both the Lions and Grizzlies playing inspired defense. The Lakeside offense, though kept off the scoreboard continued to move the ball and chew up valuable minutes. Like in previous games, the Lions’ defense line, anchored by Allan Reyes and Rodney Phan refused to let Piney Grove get any kind of offensive momentum. Final score: Lakeside 6 Piney Grove 0.
Lakeside Lions at Vickery Creek
The Lakeside Lions traveled to the “Viper Pit” expecting to build on their previous victory. Though the Vipers struck pay dirt on only their third possession, the Lakeside defense gave up yards grudgingly. With only minutes remaining in the opening half the Lions’ punter Peyton Kelley executed a flawless punt from deep in his own territory. Once again the defense was forced to shut down Vickery’s quick- strike attack. Solid running by the Viper quarterback gave the hosts favorable field position deep in Lakeside territory. One play later a pinpoint pass gave Vickery a two touchdown cushion which they would not relinquish. Late in the final stanza wingback Blake Handschumacher sprinted in from 6 yards out scoring Lakeside’s lone touchdown of the day. Final score Vickery Creek 21, Lakeside 6
Lakeside Lions at South Forsyth Eagles on Saturday September 6. 2014
The young Lions traveled to South Forsyth to fight it out with the always tough Eagles. Much like their earlier meeting, this game came down to great defense and missed opportunities offensively. The Lakeside pass rush led by tackles Rodney Phan and Allan Reyes kept the South quarterback off balance and off target all day. Though the opening half lacked scoring the other two phases, defense and special teams provided the highlights. Preston Underwood’s long-snapping and the punting of Evan Gray kept the Eagles penned up in their own end of the field most of the day. Gray’s best boot; a 41 yarder midway through the first half, “flipped the field” in favor of the purple and gold.
As the second half commenced special teams once again played a key role as Gray executed a perfect onside kick recovered by Nate Parker. Eight plays later running back Brandon Law sprinted in from 4 yards out giving the Lions a 6-0 advantage. Late in the third quarter the Eagles scored, on a power sweep around the right side. With the score knotted quarterback Josh Green took to the air attempting to manufacture a win for Lakeside. Both squads played solid, desperate defense in the dying minutes. The final score, Lakeside 6 South Forsyth 6.
Lakeside Lions at Little Mill Mustangs
The Lions prepped for their first “road” game of the season with a solid week of practice after two disappointing defeats. In the minds of the Lakeside faithful this was already a “must” game. To the disappointment of the Lions, Little Mill scored on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Lion offense answered immediately, as Foster Burch scampered in from 27 yards out and with the successful two-point conversion Lakeside took a single point lead 8-7. After a successful defensive series Foster Burch struck again, this time sprinting eighteen yards around left end giving the Lions a seven point advantage. The Mustangs however, scored on a slick passing play tying the score at 14. But the Lakeside offense, with its offensive line dominating, wrestled momentum away from the home team with both ball possession and a blistering ground attack. Burch, joined by fullback Daryn Rogers and Damien Nytko churned out chunks of yards. Drew Morris launched a 25 yard scoring strike to tight end Peyton Kelley to widen the lead followed by Nytko sprinting 42 yards downfield just before the half to further distance Lakeside from their hosts. Defensively, inside linebackers Colin Millican and Kyle Biehl punished Little Mill’s running backs on the inside while Burch patrolled the outside. The defensive line anchored by Jamal Camp and Christian Welch hounded the Mustangs’ offensive interior, while ends Kelley and Brett Morlanne forced the Little Mill signal caller to make errant throws. Blake Handschumacher closed the Lakeside scoring, giving the Lions their first win of the young season, 36-14.
Lakeside Lions @ North Forsyth Wildcats, August 23, 2014
Lakeside’s junior varsity traveled to North Forsyth to tangle with the always tough Wildcats. On the game’s opening drive the Lion defense forced a three and out with steady play from nose guard James Fehr and tackles Allan Reyes and Rodney Phan. The ensuing punt gave the Lakeside offense good field position. Quarterback Josh Greene helped lead a methodical drive downfield, highlighted by a solid ground game. The balanced attack led by Samson Abney and Dylan Malissa kept the Wildcat defense guessing. Unfortunately this promising foray deep into North Forsyth territory ended abruptly when a bad center/quarterback exchange led to a fumble and a Wildcat recovery.
Once again the Lakeside defense had success against the North Forsyth attack. The Lions’ second turn over of the day cost Lakeside dearly as the Wildcats struck immediately from 37 yards out, taking an 8-0 lead. The North Forsyth squad added another score, coupled with a two point conversion to lead 16-0 at the intermission.
Although the Lions had numerous scoring chances in the second half the tenacious Wildcat defense did what they had to do when challenged. Late in the game North Forsyth added a final touchdown. The final score: North Forsyth 22 Lakeside 0
South Forsyth Eagles at Lakeside, August 19, 2014
A rivalry has developed between these two middle schools with each one winning in alternate years. The Lions having routed the Eagles last season came into this meeting hoping to break that pattern. Once again as in the opener the Lions played inspired defense. Early the Eagles threatened, but the stingy Purple and Gold defense refused to budge. Linebackers Colin Millican and Kyle Biehl spent much of the evening meeting South ball carriers head on. Although South Forsyth was able to complete the short pass anything deep was handled by the Lion secondary lead by safety Blake Handschumacher.
Just before the end of the half Lakeside found its stride on the offensive side of the ball. Once again fullback Daryn Rogers gained tough yards inside, while wingback Foster Burch gained huge chunks of yards out on the flanks. The Lions drove deep into Eagle territory threatening to break the scoreless tie. This time it was the South Forsyth defense coming up big to shut the door on the Lakeside advance.
The Eagles took the second half kick-off and with a blend of the run and the pass maneuvered down the field. A short slant pass across the middle ended the Lions’ shutout streak at six quarters. With a successful two point conversion South Forsyth took a 8-0 lead into the final quarter. With the last stanza half over Drew Morris directed a remarkable march towards pay dirt. Once again it was the running of Rogers and Burch, which solidified the advance. With under three minutes to play Morris, with good protection from his offensive line anchored by center Harvey Coleman launched a scoring strike to Handschumacher. The extra point was unsuccessful and the Eagles held a precarious 8-6 lead. An attempted onside kick failed and the South Forsyth squad was able to run out the clock. Final score: South Forsyth 8 Lakeside 6.
Lakeside Lions vs. Liberty Patriots
The Lions headed north to tangle with the always stubborn Liberty Patriots. Lakeside’s defense saw the game’s first action and forced a three and out. Unfortunately on Lakeside’s initial play from scrimmage quarterback Max Blanck suffered a season ending injury. The Lions regrouped behind the leadership of Josh Green, but after several possessions the Patriots broke into the scoring column taking a 7-0 lead. As half time loomed and the Lions deep in their own territory an unfortunate turn over spotted the Liberty squad a two touchdown lead. Though the Lions had nothing to show for their efforts running backs Brett Morlanne and Colby Cruz ran with conviction. On the defensive side of the ball defensive tackles James Fehr and Allan Reyes set the tone with inspired play. Brett Morlanne also made keys stops keeping the score within reach. The Lions opened the second half on offense with Greene directing a brilliant drive which resulted in Colby Cruz slashing in from six yards out. With time running out in the third quarter and Lakeside controlling the ball Cruz again sprinted up the middle with the end zone in sight. A solid defensive effort by the Patriots forced a Lion turn over ending the threat. Liberty added a late touchdown guaranteeing a Patriot win, 21-6.
The Lakeside Lions opened their 2014 campaign against the always stubborn North Forsyth Wildcats. Both defenses dominated early giving up yards grudgingly. The Lions did muster a running game as the second period began with fullback Daryn Rogers gaining yards inside and wingback Foster Burch accruing plenty of yards on the outside. Even with that combination fumbles cost the Lions points on the scoreboard. The Lions defense, faced with a goal line stand just before the half came up big as interior linemen Jamal Camp and Bryce Hutchison stuffed the Wildcat running backs and ends Peyton Kelly and Brett Morlanne kept North Forsyth honest on the outside. The second half was a repeat of the opening half with neither team able to break the scoreless tie. Both teams had chances late, but once again both defenses refused to budge. Overtime loomed as the Lions threatened. With Lakeside winning the toss the Lions chose to play defense in “extra time.” A solid defensive effort forced the Wildcats into a fourth and long. On the next play a jump ball turned into a North Forsyth touchdown. The extra point failed but the Wildcats had a precarious 6-0 lead. Lakeside had chances on their possession as a final desperation pass drifted wide. Final score North Forsyth 6, Lakeside 0.
Lakeside vs. PGMS
The 2014 Lakeside Lions traveled to Piney Grove to take on the Grizzlies in a pre-season encounter. The Lion offense took control early with a consistent and clock- chewing ground game. Running backs Foster Burch and Daryn Rogers battered the Piney Grove defense and quarterback Drew Morris threw the ball with consistency, keeping the opposing defense off balance all evening. Late in the second stanza Rogers crashed in from five yards out to get the Lions on the scoreboard. Early in the third quarter Rogers added another touchdown and with the ensuing two point conversion the Lakeside Lions took a commanding 14-0 lead. Defensively the Lions hammered the Grizzlies, allowing only one first down the entire game. The defensive line bolstered by Jamal Camp and Bryce Hutchison clogged the middle, while timely blitzes by Colin Millican and Kyle Biehl kept the Piney Grove offense guessing.
Late in the final act Brett Morlanne sprinted left scoring the final points of the night and securing a Lakeside victory, 20-0.