The Lakewood Leopards lost their second game in a row by a score of 16-14 on Friday night. While last week it was Midway, this week, it was at the hands of visiting Red Springs High School. The game featured many missed opportunities for the Lakewood offense, who had their fair chances to win the game on a few occasions.
Most notably, a 22 yard field goal that would have given them the lead in the fourth quarter was hooked, wide left, which allowed the Red Devils to hang on to the narrow victory. Red Springs scored two touchdowns and added two point conversions with each, which proved to be the final margin.
Lakewood pulled even once in the game. With 2:34 to play in the first half, Zach Tanner connected with Nyquan Murphy in the end-zone, and Tanner would later scurry in for the 2-point conversion.
25 seconds later, Red Springs would score the go-ahead touchdown on an in-route pass play. They took a 16-8 lead into halftime.
Lakewood’s other score would come early in the fourth quarter when Quamaine Williams tossed a 23 yard pass to Tanner in the back of the end-zone. The 2-point conversion failed.
Later came the missed field goal, but even after that, the Leopards had one more chance thanks to the job their defense did. The defense, by the way, forced 4 turnovers on the night.
On Lakewood’s last drive, Tanner’s pass towards the sideline was intercepted, which was essentially the game.
“I don’t like the fact that it’s a loss in the column, and I don’t like the way we failed to convert some pretty routine plays down the stretch, but I think overall, this game and last week’s game are going to make us better in the long run,” said Lakewood’s coach, James Lewis.
“The past two weeks have been 2A opponents, and really good ones at that. We just have to get ready for conference play now, as we host Spring Creek next week.”
Tanner led Lakewood in passing with 131 yards on 9-13 passing. Dillion Kinlock had 7 carries for 36 yards before leaving the game in the first half, in which he did not return. His status is up in the air as of right now. Keshan Bailey added 44 rushing yards to the Lakewood total.
Defensively, Ethan Blackwell led the Leopards with 10 tackles. James Sinclair, Chris Torres, Niyabenghi Lamb and Malik Rogers each had fumble recoveries as well.
Lakewood, 3-2, enters conference play at home next week against Spring Creek at 7 p.m.