Lakewood suffers first loss in heartbreaker


Unbeaten Leopards fall 41-40 to North Lenoir

Staff reports



The Leopards lost their first game of the season 41-40 Friday to North Lenoir after winning four straight games without letting their opposition score.


After holding opponents scoreless on the way to four straight wins to open the season, Lakewood found themselves in a shootout at North Lenoir Friday night that ended in a heartbreaking 41-40 loss when the Leopards scored late and decided to go for two points and the win, falling short.

Lakewood started out with an impressive 14-0 lead. In the second quarter they scored just once, but missed a PAT, while the North Lenoir Hawks scored twice to narrow the gap to 20-14. It was a scoring feast in the third quarter as the teams traded scores in the third.

Lakewood struck first on a run by Jahdon Smith and increased their lead to 28-14 after a two-point conversion was good. The Hawks struck right back, running back the ensuing kickoff to make it 28-20 after missing the PAT. The Leopards scored again after another Smith rush and the missed PAT brought the lead to 34-20. The scoring was not finished in the third quarter, as the Hawks squeezed in another TD in the final minute to bring the score to 34-28 after the converted two-point play.

North Lenoir scored two unanswered TDs in the fourth and wrestled the lead from Lakewood. The game stood at 41-34, the Hawks’ way.

But Lakewood was not out of it. The Leopards scored in the final minute of the fourth and, faced with a 41-40 score, Coach James Lewis and his unbeaten Lakewood team opted to go for the win. The two-point play was unsuccessful.

“We knew they were going to score on us — it was bound to happen eventually,” Lewis explained. “Gave up some special teams plays I wish we hadn’t, but it is what it is. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing, try to do a little better each time. I got a good group of boys, we’ll see how we do next week.”

Lakewood will face off against West Harnett in a home game next Friday.

The Leopards lost their first game of the season 41-40 Friday to North Lenoir after winning four straight games without letting their opposition score.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_opener-1.jpgThe Leopards lost their first game of the season 41-40 Friday to North Lenoir after winning four straight games without letting their opposition score.
Unbeaten Leopards fall 41-40 to North Lenoir

Staff reports

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