Leopards rout Lejeune, 49-0

By: By Adam Capps - acapps@civitasmedia.com

Lakewood and Lejeune finally started playing football around 8:30 on Friday night. After nearly an hour weather delay, the two teams battled it out under the lights in Salemburg.

The two teams each punted on their first possessions. Lakewood would get on the board with 4:11 in the first quarter on a 7 yard touchdown scamper by quarterback, Zach Tanner. The score was set up by Tristen Hawks recovering a fumble for the Leopards about two minutes earlier.

Ethan Blackwell recovered a fumble for his self on the Devil Pups’ next possession. The forced turnover by Lakewood set up another score, this time a Dillion Kinlock rushing touchdown.

Lakewood led 14-0 after a quarter.

They piled on in the second quarter as well, as Kinlock would go 12 yards for another touchdown, just minutes after scoring his first of the night.

On their next possession, DJ Eason ran in for another Lakewood score. Zach Tanner would get his second rushing touchdown of the night just before halftime, as he took it in from 6 yards out to make it a 35-0 Leopard lead at the break.

Now, the reason that the Leopard offense can be talked about so frequently, is because the Lakewood defense has been that good. It seemed like every time the Devil Pups would have possession, they would be punting. The Leopard defense has still yet to give up a single point in the 2015 season, and they were swarming on Friday night to say the least.

Lakewood would go on to add two more touchdowns in the second half to take home their third win in as many games this season. In those games, the Leopards have outscored their opponents, 90-0.

“I think we are continuing to get a little better each and every day, and that’s always a good thing,” said Lakewood’s head coach, James Lewis following his team’s 49-0 rout of Lejune. “The offense played well tonight, they seem to be coming around, and our defense has been fantastic all year. We have to get ready for Midway next week.”

Dillion Kinlock led Lakewood in rushing yards with 89 on 13 carries. Keshan Bailey had 6 for 54, and Mickie Spell had 40 on 4 carries.

Defensively, Akili Underwood, Ethan Blackwell, and Tristen Hawks each had fumble recoveries to go along with 4, 5, and 6 tackles, respectively. Luke Brewer had 8 tackles to lead the Leopards.

Chris Torres had 3 tackles and a sack,and Ray Hayes had 6 tackles and a sack.

Lakewood and Midway, each 3-0, will square off at Midway next week, in what should be a great ball game. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

By Adam Capps


A swarm of Leopards bring down the Lejune ball carrier.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_00052.jpgA swarm of Leopards bring down the Lejune ball carrier.

Lakewood’s Dillion Kinlock dodges a Devil Pup to get into the endzone.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_00072.jpgLakewood’s Dillion Kinlock dodges a Devil Pup to get into the endzone.