Lakewood lost their away conference match Friday night 21-14, coming back from their week break.
For the first and second quarter, Lakewood appeared to be on the ropes with the Rebels earning two touchdowns and heading into halftime not allowing Lakewood to score.
However, coming into the third and fourth quarter, the Leopards made a strong comeback. Lakewood’s Jahdon Smith scored a 6-yard rush followed by Tyler Hobbs kicking the extra point bringing the score to 14-7. During the fourth quarter Shemar Tucker scored a 25 yard rush and followed by Hobbs once again getting the extra point. With only 5:09 left in the final quarter, the Leopards fought their way back and tied the game 14-14.
“We felt like we didn’t bring our best in the first half,” said LHS coach James Lewis. “We came out in the second half, it was a good game. They have a good team. We knew we would have a battle. I’m proud of how my kids did.”
A final call in North Duplin’s favor and a play Lewis later regretted resulted in a narrow win for the Rebels.
“It’s probably our own fault,” Lewis remarked on the end result. “We made a mistake, made a bone headed play and gave them a 15-yard penalty and that’s what sealed the game.”
On rushing, Smith had 22 carries for 172 yards, Andre Rich had 1 carry for 4 yards, Cameron Sessoms had 7 carries for 3 yards, Jameek Johnson had 3 carries for 10 yards and Tucker had one carry for 25 yards.
Defensively, Luke Brewer lead with 14 tackles, Dylan Ivey with 9, Jaylin Avery with 8, Triston Holmes added 12, Bryce Tanner had 7 and Kristopher Teasdale and Michael Thames both had 6 tackles.
With homecoming on the way, the season is winding down as Lakewood will be facing Rosewood at home next Friday night.
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