Lakeside vs. NFMS
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.