Gators look to find their rhythm again, travel to Avoyelles


By Ethan Smith, exclusive to the Times

Freshman #19 Dillon Pikes

Following the first loss of their season, the Lakeview Gators look to redeem themselves in an away matchup against the Avoyelles High School in Moreauville Friday, Oct. 4.   “Avoyelles,” Gator Head Coach Brandon Helms explains, “is a whole different beast than what we have seen this year.”

The Mustangs have a unique style of play for sure. A very tight formation, 90-95 percent run team. They also go for it on every fourth down and onside kick on every kickoff. These are things that are very hard to prepare for and if you don’t game plan, it’s going to be a long night. As for how the Gators plan to beat them on offense, well that’s simple.

Arguably the best part about this Lakeview squad are the athletes they have on the outside. At least two to three incredibly talented receivers are in the game every down for the Gators. Defensively, it will be tough to stop the three-headed monster in the Mustang backfield consisting of their fullback and two wingbacks. A change in the scheme up front this Friday seems to be the best way to attack this beast.

Expected to have a big game this week is freshman WR/DB #19 Dillon Pikes. Pikes is one of the most skilled players on the team, an incredible three sport athlete. Already making big plays just as a freshman, Pikes has 252 receiving yards and five touchdowns this season on offense. Not to mention the 15 tackles he’s had from the secondary in just the last two weeks. Following back-to-back 100 receiving yard games, Pikes will look to continue leading this team through the tough opponent this week.

This two hour road trip will be the toughest challenge yet for Lakeview. People are expecting them to be Lakeview of old following their first loss of the season, but the Gators aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.