By Ethan Smith
Going 1-9 creates the expectation of failure for a football team. For the Gators, there’s nothing more to push them than those who doubt. To never be favored, always be counted out; nothing could drive a team more. After hearing all the noise, the Gators were itching for opening week.
They were ready to prove everybody wrong, and boy did they. The Lakeview Gators traveled to play the Ringgold Indians on Friday, Sept. 9. The game could not have started better for the Gators. On the first play, #40 QB William Brew threw a 62 yard touchdown pass to #14 TE/MLB U’donis Jones. Not two minutes later this was followed by a 3 yard touchdown run from #33 RB/LB Daylon Fowler. A 28 yard touchdown run by Fowler, along with a 21 yard touchdown pass from Brew to WR #1 Jordan Hardy, made the score 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Gators did not let up. Fowler managed to find the end zone one more time with a 25 yard run.
But Fowler wasn’t the only one to have luck running the ball, #20 LB/RB Elvin Waldrup decided to take control of the game going off for 104 yards on six carries with two of them touchdowns. Brew also ran for a touchdown. The Gators also converted 6/8 two-point attempts.
These included two receptions and a run for #19 FS/WR Dillon Pikes, two rushes for #11 QB/DB C.J. Jones and a run from Brew. Lakeview filled up the stat sheet on defense, with two sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception in the fourth quarter from Jones. Only one time did Ringgold find the end zone, with a passing touchdown in the fourth quarter, and then converted the 2 points. The Gators held the Indians to eight points, four first downs and just 85 total yards of offense. The offensive statistics for the Gators included an enormous 368 total yards and 16 first downs. Brew went 5-9 passing for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Waldrup led the Gators in rushing with his 104 yards on six carries and two touchdowns.
Fowler rushed six times for 77 yards and three touchdowns. Brew ran five times for 31 yards and a touchdown. Final score was 60-8. In every way did Lakeview outdo Ringgold, making the game look easy to those in the stands. Lakeview has a record of 1-0 and are tied for first place in District 3-2A. If this is any indication for how the season is going to go, all eyes will be on the Gators going forward.