Lakewood showcases dominance


Leopards still perfect, yet to give up a point, with win at Midway

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer



Lakewood’s Jahvon Smith finds some open field as he heads towards the end zone in the Leopards’ over Midway.


Donte Blue carries the ball, finding some running room for the Raiders.


Midway and Lakewood renewed an old Sampson County rivalry on the football field Friday as the Leopards made the short trek over to Spivey’s Corner for gridiron action. After doing what they’ve done all season — scoring a lot of points and not allowing any — Lakewood defeated their in-county nemesis Midway in convincing fashion, 35-0.

Lakewood added their first score on their first possession of the game. After Jahdon Smith picked up a big chunk of yards down to the Raiders 31-yard line on third down. With 7:44 on the clock in the first quarter, the duo of Smith and Andre Rich connected for a 31-yard touchdown on a trick play to go up 6-0.

The other big story of the night was Lakewood’s vaunted defense. Time after time, the Leopards stifled Midway’s offensive attacks as tackles in the backfield and QB sacks accumulated.

The Raiders defense allowed them to hang around for a majority of the first half as Lakewood’s defense had its own struggles throughout the first half.

Lakewood would pick up two quick scores as the first half wound down.

The first came with 7:32 left in the half. A short punt from deep within their own territory resulted with Midway’s back against the wall, which the Leopards quickly converted. After starting on the Midway 36-yard line, it only too one play as Smith rumbled all 36-yards for the score. The Leopards converted the two point conversion on another run by Smith to make it 14-0.

For their final score of the first half, it was the Leopards defense making a statement. Raiders quarterback Carson Calcutt was sacked just as he released the ball which resulted in an errant throw right in into the hands of Juwauan Johnson. He captured the interception and returned it 36 yards for the defensive touchdown. The PAT failed, yielding a 20-0 Lakewood lead at the half.

Throughout much of the second half, the Raiders found their offensive attacks failing to make it into Leopards territory, repeatedly giving Lakewood short field situations.

Lakewood extended their lead on the first drive of the second half, rumbling 66 yards on their first possession of the half that resulted in Smith finding the end zone yet again. The two point conversion was successful and the Leopards led 28-0.

Lakewood went on to add one final score with 8:05 left in the game as Jameek Johnson rushed into the end zone on a 21-yard touchdown score. After the successful PAT, Lakewood led 35-0.

With Midway’s sputtering offense unable to string together any substantial drive the remainder of the game, Lakewood has completed its fourth straight shutout victory.

Leading Lakewood’s offensive attack was Smith who had 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Smith was also Lakewood’s leading passer as he had 29 passing yards and a touchdown to Rich, who had 49 receiving yards.

For Midway, the Raiders only amassed 60 yards of total offense. Jamarius Rich led the way with 33 rushing yards and 12 passing yards.

With the win, Lakewood has outscored opponents 142-0 on the season and stands at 4-0 overall. They will travel to North Lenoir next Friday. For Midway, they are now 1-3 overall and will travel to take on Hobbton.

Lakewood’s Jahvon Smith finds some open field as he heads towards the end zone in the Leopards’ over Midway.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Smith1.jpgLakewood’s Jahvon Smith finds some open field as he heads towards the end zone in the Leopards’ over Midway.

Donte Blue carries the ball, finding some running room for the Raiders.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Blue.jpgDonte Blue carries the ball, finding some running room for the Raiders.
Leopards still perfect, yet to give up a point, with win at Midway

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

Reach Daron Barefoot at dbarefoot@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SampsonInd.

Reach Daron Barefoot at dbarefoot@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SampsonInd.

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