Gators put up a great fight

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  • By Marco Clark
    The Lakeview Gators arrived in Winnfield Thursday night looking for their first win of the
    season against the Tigers but came up short. The Gators started off slow allowing the Tigers to score their first touchdown in the 1st quarter. The Gators would have trouble answering the Tigers on their opening drive, but Lakeview’s defense would stiffen up by stopping the Tigers from reaching the end zone for the remainder of the 1st.
    At the start of the 2nd quarter, both the Gators and Tigers defenses were playing on an elevated level causing both offenses to go three and out on two consecutive possessions. Lakeview’s D’mondre Young then hauled in touchdown reception from quarterback Dwaelon Shepherd to put the Gators on the score board. The Gators two-point
    conversion try was unsuccessful, making the score Tigers 7, Gators 6.
    On the Tigers next possession, Winnfield goes into their two-minute offense
    moving the ball quickly down the field to add another touchdown and extra point before the end of the half.
    Tigers 14-Gators 6.
    Going into the second half, the Tigers received the kickoff, but the tough Gator defense  made key stops in Winnfield’s run game forcing them to once again punt the ball away. Lakeview took advantage of the great field possession moving the ball through the air as well as on the ground. This allowed the Gators to keep Winnfield off balance and put Lakeview in position again for the go-ahead score on a hard punishing run by Marcus Sowell. PAT no good.
    Winnfield received the kickoff and moved the ball efficiently down the field to score again with the extra point good.
     Tigers 21-Gators 12.
    Young scored again on another pass from Shepherd. The Gators’ Marcus Sowell capped off the Lakeview scoring with another rushing touchdown. The two-point
    conversion would not be enough to outlast the Tigers as Winnfield went on to win the game 35-26.
    Lakeview’s Dwaelon Shepherd threw for 144 yards and two passing TDs. D’mondre Young had six receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
    Marcus Sowell rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns and Janquel Allen had a high 75-yard rushing for the game.