LAKE WACCAMAW — Everything that Lakewood struggled with last week in their 7-0 win over Union last week, seemed to be fixed on Friday in a 34-0 rout of East Columbus.
The first quarter was scoreless, as the Leopards struggled to move the ball on their first couple of possessions. However, early in the second quarter, Dillion Kinlock broke through a line of Gator defenders waiting for him near the goal line, and scored the game’s first points on a 9 yard run. 7-0 Lakewood.
Two possessions later, the Leopards would score again, this time on a Keshan Bailey touchdown run from 5 yards out. After the PAT was good and they took a 14-0 lead, Lakewood’s Jirah Cooper would recover his first of two fumbles on the the night. Shortly after, Kinlock would find the end-zone again, allowing the Leopards to score 14 points in a matter of 24 seconds.
Lakewood wasn’t done, though. They were able to force a three-and-out on the Gators, then march down and score another touchdown; this time a quick-hit, 9 yard touchdown pass from Zach Tanner to Nyquan Murphy.
Lakewood led 28-0 at the half.
They would pad to the lead early in the third quarter, when Tanner found Murphy again in the end zone for their second connection of the evening. The PAT was no good, but the Leopards were already up 34-0.
Lakewood then took their foot off the gas a little, and coasted to their second win of the year.
“This feels a lot better. I feel much better than I felt at this time last week,” said Lakewood’s head coach, James Lewis. “We scored three times in under three minutes, I think, and that always helps. It was nice to be able to see some explosiveness from our offense, and I thought our defense and special teams were really good tonight as well. It’s a good win.”
The Leopards were led by Zach Tanner, who scored threw a pair of touchdown passes, and went 5-7 through the air for 115 yards. He also had 5 rushes for 61 yards.
Dillion Kinlock scored a 2 touchdowns on the ground, and had 14 carries for 97 yards.
Murphy had 41 receiving yards with the 2 touchdowns, and Kinlock and Jordan Melvin had 36 and 38 receiving yards, respectively.
Defensively, Tristen Hawks had 8 tackles to lead the way. William Moore had 6.5 tackles, Jirah Cooper had 4 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries, Luke Brewer had 5 tackles, and Akilii Underwood had 5.5 tackles.
Lakewood, now 2-0 on the year, is slated to host Camp Lejune next Friday at 7:30 p.m.