The Lakeside Warriors have been blown out a couple times this season. They’ve also been on the giving end of a few blowouts.
Friday night for the first time this season, the warriors were locked in a battle in the fourth quarter.
Despite putting up an incredible fight versus an athletic Red River team, the Bulldogs had just enough to edge Lakeside at home, 43-36.
“They did a good job at taking advantage of what we were giving them,” Warriors head coach Joey Pesses said. “It was a chess match most of the night going back and forth. It was the first time we’ve been in this situation, a tight game in the fourth quarter.”
Red River was able to have success against the Lakeside defense, exploiting some of their athletic advantages.
“Their quarterback was a great athlete,” Pesses said. “There were times when we had him all but tackled and somehow he would get loose and make a play either with his feet or passing.”
The game featured some strange moments, with both teams benefitting and being hurt by some impromptu plays.
“They punt one that hits one of our guys and they get a first down,” Pesses said. “Then the quarterback is falling down and throws one 25 yards up in the air and they come down with it for a first down. It was a very bizarre night.”
The Warriors were able to sustain some drives offensively and put up some points. That’s an encouraging sign for this team going forward.
“We took control at the line of scrimmage at an early point of the game. We were able to go straight ahead with the run,” Pesses said. “We played safe football but were able to break a big one later on.”
Thomas Lambert finished two of four passing for 46 yards and one touchdown, a 31 yarder to Frankie Chanler. Lambert added a one yard run for a score as well.
Ahmad Bishop ran 14 times for 135 yards and a touchdown, Leo McCarter ran seven times for 66 yards and two scores and Darryl Moore ran 12 times for 97 yards.
Lakeside will be back home to take on Homer this week in their homecoming game.