Lakewood traveled the I-40 corridor again this past Friday and brought back a win, trouncing Trask 27-3.
Despite the wide margin in the score, Trask played a tough defensive game, stopping the big run and forcing fourth-down turnovers. Then Lakewood came alive in the second half, scoring three touchdowns while keeping the Titans out of the end zone completely.
“Trask is a scrappy team. In the first half it seemed we were just sleep-walking, but we got focused in the second half,” a smiling Lakewood head coach James Lewis said after the game.
“We’re hoping we can get some of these hurt players back in the game. We are missing about four or five bodies, but two should be back next week … the kids behind them have stepped up and played well,” he stressed.
In the first quarter, the Leopards forced Trask to kick a field goal after stopping them on downs at about the 30-uard line. Once Lakewood got possession, they drove down the field and made it to about the 17-yard line when quarterback J.J. Tanner connected with his wide receiver who was about a foot past the out of bounds line at the end of the field, so there was no score.
When the Leopards got the ball back, they marched back down the field again and Nikin Henry ran the ball in for a touchdown, but it was called back for a holding penalty. The Leopards didn’t give up, and on 4th and 4, Henry got the first down with only inches to spare. Three more rushing plays later and Lakewood was across the goal line once more — this time it counted.
At intermission the score was 6-3, with Lakewood leading.
The Leopards went to work when the third quarter whistle blew. An interception by DeShuan Wilson gave the Leopards the ball, and then 34 yards rushing by Henry and Haywood Mack put the ball on the 12-yard line. Damion Bennett found a hole in the Trask defensive line and pounded into the end zone. Tanner threw a pass to D.J. Rich for the 2-point conversion.
At 6:44 in the third quarter, Lakewood went ahead 14-3.
A second interception with 2:33 left in the third quarter lead to Lakewood’s next touch down. Cody Barnett pulled down the pass, and with rushing from Henry, Bell and Mack put the ball on Trask’s 18-yard line. Shyheim Rich then powered to about the 3-yard line dragging several Titans with him.
On Rich’s second attempt at crossing the plane, the Leopards were awarded the 6 points. The 2-point option play was not a success, bringing the score to 20-3, Lakewood.
With about six minutes left in the game, a sack by Stefan King against the Titans led to a punt and another long run by Rich. Once again, Bell got the call to put the ball in the end zone and he did. The extra point kick by Seth Herwy cut the uprights in half. This made the final score 27-3.
Leading defensive linemen were Cody Barnett with 6 tackles and 1 interception; Corey Parker and Stefan King, both with 6 tackles; Cory Kinnaman with 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery; DeShuan Wilson, 5 tackles, 1 interception; and Malique Taylor, 5 tackles.
On offense, leading rusher was Henry with 20 carries for 158 yards; Bell with 7 for 104; Shyheim Rich with 7 for 52; Mack with 12 for 81; and Damion Bennett with 3 for 14.
Tanner threw the ball 15 times with 4 completions for 48 yards. He had 1 interception.
Receivers were Tirek James, 1 for 8; D.J. Rich, 2 for 15; and Jabriel Cooper, 1 for 15.
The stats were compiled by O.B. Autry and Bill Faircloth.
So far, the Leopards have only lost one conference game this season. They host Midway next Friday.