Gators travel to Red River for District rival match

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Colin Vedros | Times Intern

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Lakeview varsity football (1-6, 0-1 2A dist. 3) is set to capture their second win of the season. Last week, the Gators fell short to D’Arbonne Woods in a 33-22 loss to the Wolves.  LHS showed improvement according to head coach Brandon Helms, but couldn’t get past the Wolves offense. Despite the loss, Lakeview’s chances of making a strong push to win the rest of the season is their main goal.  “We showed improvement offensively and ran the ball really well,” Helms said. “Untimely penalties killed some drives. It was a costly game, likely losing wide receiver Kylin Collins for the season due to knee injury. Dillon Pikes was incredible as always. I was disappointed in our defense; we made D’Arbonne one dimensional and couldn’t get the big stop.”

This article published in the Oct. 21, 2021, print edition

They face cross river rivals Red River Bulldogs (6-2, 1-1 2A Dist. 3) Friday, Oct. 22 in Coushatta. With the Gators facing district games for the rest of the regular season, every down is key to notching a victory. “Red River is super talented,” Helms said. “They spread the field and work matchups. Their quarterback is one of the best in the state and they’re ultra aggressive on defense. We must avoid negative plays and create turnovers.”  The Bulldogs came off a 34-14 win over the Bunkie Panthers last week. The win put Red River No. 13 in Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A and second in 2A District 3 rankings below Many.

Offensively, the Bulldogs scored 34 points off 294 yards total offense, with 122 passing and 172 rushing. This, along with Bunkie’s 14 points from 258 yards total offense with 151 passing and 107 rushing yards, brought Bunkie to a close game, but ended in defeat against Red River’s defense.

Catch the Bulldogs against the Gators under the Friday night lights Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Coushatta.