By Ethan Smith, Exclusive to the Times
The Lakeview Gators have changed their reputation as a football team this season. The Gators are 3-2 on the season, losing the last two weeks by a combined six points. Yes, that’s right; the Lakeview Gators are six points away from being a 5-0 football team. The next challenge the Gators face is state powerhouse, the Many Tigers. Though Many is on a down year, this is will still be the toughest battle yet.
The biggest Many strength has to be their depth. “They are 2A School that dresses 75 kids, it’s unheard of,” Lakeview Head Coach Brandon Helms explains. The Tigers excel on defense as well. “If you bunch 11 guys in there, they’ll put 11 guys in there,” Helms said. “If you spread it out, they’ll play you man-to-man.”
The way to beat them is to win one-on-one matchups. If the Gators can do that they can pull out a win. Stopping the run game is going to play a big factor is Lakeview’s success.
This season, #4 QB William Brew has been a huge leader for the Gators. Through five games, Brew has passed for 641 yards and 10 touchdowns, and ran 433 yards and five touchdowns. This senior finds ways to deliver every game, and is one of the undisputed leaders for Lakeview. If Brew can lead the offense through a tough Tiger defense, the Gators are bound for success.
All eyes will be on Brew and the rest of the Gators as they take the field Friday, Oct. 11. This is also the Lakeview Pink Out game so wear pink and come out to support the Lakeview Gators.