CAMPTI – The Lakeside Warriors were able to get a couple of touchdowns late in their game with the homestanding Lakeview Gators Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to give the Gators a scare, as Lakeview rolled to a 52-14 win over Lakeside.
Lakeside (0-6) had a tough time containing Lakeview’s De’Michael Pikes and the offense wasn’t able to match the high-scoring Gators, much to the disappointment of head coach Joey Pesses.
“Early in the game we moved the ball,” Pesses said. “We were marching down the field several times, but the story of the game was four turnovers. We had two interceptions and two fumbles and you just can’t function like that. We had some penalties on offense that came at very untimely moments. You couple that with No. 18 (Pikes) for them and we just weren’t able to get out of that hole.”
Lakeside was able to put a pair of scores up late, doing the opposite of what cost them in the first half.
“We were inside the 30-yard line three or four times in the first half and turned it over,” Pesses said. “When we scored in the second half it’s because we maintained and didn’t have the costly turnovers or penalties. It’s the mental aspect of the game where we have to get better.”
Despite the score, Pesses was proud of the defensive effort by his bunch.
“It’s deflating when your defense comes up big and then your offense goes out and commits a turnover,” Pesses said. “The scores haven’t been vindictive of it, but I thought defensively we played pretty good.”
Chris Brantley led the Lakeside offense with 167 yards and a touchdown, followed by Braydon Jones who added 61 yards and a touchdown of his own for the Warriors.