By Ashley Froust
Although Friday night’s week two game match-up for Lakeview did not come with a win, it was a victory for the team. They battled all night against Logansport who eventually took the win 0-42.
Lakeview High School has competed against 1A powerhouse, Logansport for many years. Over the past few years Logansport has grown and last year they received the state title in their division. This was a challenge for the Gators but they were prepared to face it head on.
“Our motto for this game was ‘Keep fighting’ and that’s what they did,” said Lakeview’s head coach Byron Keller.
The Gators had a strong week of practice before coming out Friday night so they had a solid game plan in place and an attitude you cannot teach come out on the field. “Other people were commenting how our boys didn’t give up,” said Keller. “They played with a lot more pride this game and kept fighting. Against St. Mary’s there was a lot of dragging around and keeping their heads down, but not this game. They kept fighting.”
Demondre Young was key to the Gators starting at Quarterback for them and did a good job going 3-for-5 passing for 19 yards while also rushing for 24 yards. Marcus Sowell had 28 yards rushing for the Gators and averaged 21 yards per kickoff return.
“Dillon Longino too; he was in every snap on offense and defense except the last series of the game. He kept the kids motivated on the field and on the sidelines,” said Keller.
Keller also says the scoreboard was not indicative of how they played. “We were holding them on defense a few plays, but would give up a big one. But we would come back and regroup,” said Keller, proud of his team’s tenacity. “We actually got in the red zone a couple times, we just couldn’t get it in the end zone; we couldn’t get on the board, but we were right there.”
The Gators may have fallen 42-0 to the reigning 1A state champs, but they showed more pride and aggression then before. The Gators will need to keep the momentum going when they travel to Montgomery Friday, Sept. 15 for week three match-up. For a game preview see the Natchitoches Times’ Thursday edition Sept. 14.