Despite young players in key positions, the Leopards showed promise for the upcoming season in Friday night’s annual Pigskin Jamboree. With sophomore Zach Tanner taking most of the snaps in the Friday night Jamboree, he seemed to hold his own. He was even able to score a TD by following Maurice Boone into the end zone against the Raiders. Boone also had several good runs against Union, and senior Cody Barnett scored against the Spartans. Junior Jirah Cooper got into the action by scoring against the Wildcats.
As for the offense, Lakewood’s head coach James Lewis said, “They played much better than in their first scrimmage against the the Dark Horses. They ran the assigned plays better and the line held its own.”
As for the defensive side of the field, Lewis stated, “They played solid. The boys gave up one big play against the Dark Horses, but other than that they played good. We need to work on defending the pass, but it’s all coming together.”
“Offense and defense are still learning to play as a team,” Coach Lewis added. “With only seven returning starters from last year, it will take time for everyone to get together and know what they are capable of doing.”
He was happier tonight with the way the Leopards played than what he saw earlier this week at a scrimmage with Clinton. “We looked like a football team tonight,” he said.
The Leopards will travel back into Spartan country next Friday for their first game of the season. Game time is 7:30 p.m.