The Lakewood Leopards caged the James Kenan Tigers Thursday night in the final regular season game, assuring the Sampson team of a piece of the conference championship title.
Lakewood would hit the road running, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Carsell Bennettt. Alex Compos kicked the point after, putting the Leopards up 7-0 with 8:13 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers would battle back in the second quarter scoring on a 15-yard pass from Ken Avent to Raekwon Williams. John Avent would kick the successful PAT to tie the game at 7-7.
Then, Campos kicked a 34-yard field goal putting the Leopards back on top 10-7.
With 5:25 remaining in the second quarter, Bennett plunged into the end zone on a 4-yard run. Campos’ PAT kick was good, putting the Leopards up 17-7.
Lakewood scored quickly at the beginning of the third quarter and Compos’ PAT was once again good to put the Sampson team up 24-7.
The Tigers refused to quit as Avent hit an open Jalen Faison for a 24-yard pass reception. Avent secured another successful kick to move the Tigers within 10, 24-14.
James Kenan had another rally with 6:09 left in the third, getting a 1-yard TD run by Williams. The kick was good and the Tigers were back in business trimming the lead to 24-21.
Once again the Leopards faced adversity and they had ice water in their veins, scoring on a 26-yard run by Oats. The PAT by Campos was good, giving the Leopards a 38-21 victory..
Offensively Zach Tanner rushed for 139 yards. Bennett had an outstanding game toting the football for the Leopards with 122 yards, Oates would follow with 94 yards.
The defensive effort was tough as well for the Leopards. Luke Brewer would lead the Leopards with 8 tackles. Jeremiah Baggett followed with 7. Triston Holmes would add 6 tackles and one sack. Quamine Williams, Dylan Ivey had 6 tackles each.
The win assures the Leopards of a tie for the conference championship depending on the outcome of the Princeton game. They are currently 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Carolina Conference.
They will play next Friday, but the brackets will not come out until later Sunday.