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‘We didn’t respect our opponent’ -Lakeside coach Jason McClendon on loss to Lasalle

by Minden Press-Herald

Lakeside dug another first half hole for themselves, only against LaSalle, they weren’t able to come all the way back in the second half.

“We didn’t respect our opponent,” Lakeside head coach Jason McClendon said. “We guarded against that all week. We told the guys that we needed to prepare for their best. The kids didn’t heed our warning.”

The Warriors entered Olla, La. after blowing out LaSalle in last season’s meeting between the schools.

“Their team didn’t shake our hands after that game last year,” McClendon said. “The fans didn’t like us. We knew that going in, we were entering a snakepit and the kids needed to be prepared. But we slept through the first half and couldn’t get all the way back this time.”

LaSalle scored 34 points in the first half.

“Our defense played  very poorly,” McClendon said. “They dominated us at the line of scrimmage.

“I did think our offensive line was good in the first half. We just had big plays in the air that we didn’t convert because of drops or overthrows.”

Lakeside was in a familiar situation at halftime. Only two weeks prior, the Warriors climbed all the way back from a huge deficit to beat North Caddo.

Against LaSalle, Lakeside came out in the third quarter and scored two unanswered touchdowns.

“We scored on every possession but one in the second half,” McClendon said. “The one possession we didn’t score, we had the ball at their ten yard line, then got called for an intentional grounding that put us back at the twenty and we didn’t convert from there. That was the difference in the ball game there.”

The Warriors did cause one turnover in the second half as the defense started to turn up the intensity and let Lakeside’s potent offense get to work.

Quarterback Jordan Preuett ended up with 225 yards and three touchdowns when the night was over.

Jacquez Lott turned in another massive game with 175 yards rushing on only 16 carries.

Lott already has over 1,000 yards this season, and is averaging nearly nine yards-per-carry.

Trey Sanders came back after being injured in the loss to Calvary two weeks ago. Sanders had 124 yards on six catches for the Warriors.

Lakeside travels to D’Arbonne Woods (2-6) on Friday to return to district play.

The Warriors currently sit in third place in District 1-2A.

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