Football

Lakeview manhandles Mattawan, 35-0

Lakeview's defensive players stop Mattawan Friday evening.

Lakeview’s defensive players stop Mattawan Friday evening.

Lakeview's Josiah Kitchen (2) nears the goal line as CJ Foster (23) signals for the touchdown during Friday's game against Mattawan.

Lakeview’s Josiah Kitchen (2) nears the goal line as CJ Foster (23) signals for the touchdown during Friday’s game against Mattawan.

MATTAWAN – The Lakeview defense made the momentum-changing play at the end the first quarter on Friday, while the Spartan offense put Mattawan away early in the fourth quarter.

Lakeview shut out the host Wildcats 35-0 in Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division action, as the Spartans improved to 3-0 on the season.

Lakeview kept the game scoreless after one quarter when the Spartan defense stuffed Mattawan on a fourth-and-1 at the 6-yard line on the second to last play of the period.

“If they get a score there early, that changes momentum a little bit,” said Lakeview head coach Matt Miller. “But I think it was huge in our favor to get that stop.”

Taking over deep in their own territory, Lakeview began the second quarter with a 10-play, 94-yard drive that was finished off when senior running back C.J. Foster spun out of a tackle near the line of scrimmage and broke free for a 27-yard touchdown run.

On Lakeview’s next possession, it took just four plays to find paydirt, with senior quarterback Josiah Kitchen scrambling for a 12-yard touchdown run.

Lakeview’s Caleb Edwards intercepted a pass to end Mattawan’s ensuing drive. The Wildcats then intercepted the ball back before Edwards returned the favor for his second pick of the game. That set up Foster for his second rushing touchdown of the contest, this time coming from four yards out to put the Spartans up 21-0 at halftime.

Lakeview senior receiver Hunter Baize hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Kitchen midway through the third quarter to put the Spartans up 28-0.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Lakeview senior running back JayVion Settles broke loose while getting his jersey stretched out by a Mattawan defender and was off to the races for an 80-yard touchdown run. The score and the PAT made it a running clock at 35-0 with over 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

“We’ve got some depth at running back and offensive line,” Miller said. “We just have to keep getting better every week. We didn’t think we got off the ball as well as we should have last week, so that was a big focus for us this week. And we’re going to need a big effort next week against Portage Central.”

Settles led Lakeview’s rushing attack with 15 carries for 191 yards and a touchdown while Foster had 13 carries for 121 yards and two scores.

Nick Buckley can be reached at nbuckley@battlecreekenquirer.com or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter:@NickJBuckley

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