Lakewood and Union got their seasons started on Friday night under the lights in Salemburg. Lakewood won the defensive struggle by a score of 7-0.

Lakewood got on the board in the second quarter when Keyshawn Bailey scored on a 6 yard pass play from Zach Tanner. After the PAT was good, well, that was plenty for Lakewood to win the game.

Union had plenty of chances throughout the second half, their best coming halfway through the third quarter when they got the ball inside the Lakewood 30 yard line. However, the drive stalled, and Union failed to convert on a 4th and 5 play.

Late in the game, the Spartan defense made a key stop to give their offense one last chance. After some big runs by Shyquan Brunson and Chris Nash, the Spartans completed a pass for a good-sized gain, but Lakewood’s defense was able to knock the ball loose on the far sideline, and recovered the ball to seal the deal.

Tristen Holmes, who had 8 tackles for Lakewood, was the one who recovered the fumble that ended Union’s chances of winning with just 43 second left in the game.

“Well it wasn’t a pretty ball game,” said Lakewood’s head coach, James Lewis following the game. “Our offense really struggled tonight. I can’t put all the blame on the line, but they didn’t block well, our backs didn’t block well, but Union’s defense really played well. We still have a long ways to go, but it could be worse, we could have lost this ball game tonight. It’s always better to be able to learn after a win.”

Union’s assistant coach, Bryant Register expressed that the coaching staff was pleased with the effort their team showed them on Friday. “We love how hard they played,” he said.

Union’s head coach, Doug Burley reiterated Register’s words. “We have came a long way since last season already. We wanted the guys to give us a chance to win at the end tonight, and they did that. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Lakewood was led by Dillion Kinlock, who had 21 carries for 84 yards. Ethan Blackwell led them in tackles with 8.

Stats were unavailable from Union at press time.

Lakewood, now 1-0, is slated to travel to East Columbus next week. Union is open next week, but will take on Jones Senior the following week.