By Ethan Smith, exclusive to the Times
On Friday, Sept. 20, the Lakeview Gators will travel to Montgomery to face off against the Tigers. This will be the first tough matchup of the season for the Gators. After facing two very low ranking teams during the first weeks of the season, the Montgomery Tigers will be a much tougher challenge. The biggest problem the Gators will face this week will be going up against a very disciplined offense.
“When our guys got the ball,” Head Coach Brandon Helms said, “…they know how to get the job done. But our linebackers and defensive line have to do a great job this week.”
The running back and quarterback will be the biggest threats the Tigers have in their arsenal. In the run game, the defensive line will need to do a good job holding their gaps in the trenches. “When we have the ball, we are going to have to establish the run game.”
Coach Helms’ number one priority is always to have the run game. Being able to keep the defense honest is a big part of the Lakeview offense. When push comes to shove, if the defense does their job and offense capitalizes, Lakeview can walk away with a win. Expected to have a big game this week is #14 MLB/TE U’donis “Tootie” Jones.
“Tootie is the quarterback of the defense. He’s always there when he needs to be, and we couldn’t ask for a better leader,” says Helms. He’s not wrong either.
Tootie seems to be at the ball wherever it is on the field. If he has a lot of success this week, which he has the past two, the Gators have a great chance of succeeding as well.
A win would move Lakeview to 3-0, which keeps the gators atop the District 3-2A standings. It would also prove that the gators mean business. It’s not just another losing season.
There’s something in the water in Campti, because Lakeview is ready for every game, every down and every battle.