NATCHITOCHES – The Lakeside Warriors traveled to the campus of Northwestern State University for a showdown with St. Mary’s Friday, coming up short against a stout Tiger team, 47-0.

“Early it was a good fight,” Lakeside head coach Joey Pesses said. “We played with a lot of enthusiasm and emotion. We had them shocked for a little bit, but then we committed some turnovers and they never looked back after that. They’re a well-coached team and you can’t do that against a good team.”

The turnover issue is one which has plagued Lakeside all season long, but some of the issues Friday night can be attributed to St. Mary’s.

“They reacted quick to everything we ran, especially as the game went on,” Pesses said. “We didn’t do a good job with our play action so we never got anybody sucked in to free up the pass. We have to improve on the line.”

Lakeside still has something to play for, with a full slate of district games still to come.

The message Pesses is preaching is patience.

“When the game was over I told them for a quarter and a half we played lights out,” Pesses said. “Then they score and we committ a turnover and we didn’t have any fight. When things go wrong we have to keep fighting through that and make positive things happen instead of hanging our head on it.

We’ll have to rebound and get ready to play against an athletic Lakeview team next week.”

The Warriors are now 0-5 on the season.

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