The Lakeview offensive line helped Jay’Vion Settles etch his name in the school record book on Friday.
The senior running back finished with a school-record 278 rushing yards along with four touchdowns in leading the Spartans to a 44-6 victory over Loy Norrix on Homecoming Night.
“They made great holes for us to fit through – I couldn’t miss ’em,” Settles said of his offensive line. “It’s Homecoming and everything has got to be special. You have to perform for your team and for your fans.”
With the win, Lakeview snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-2 overall.
“Couldn’t be prouder of our kids and their effort coming out,” said Lakeview coach Matt Miller. “We didn’t feel like we played our best last week obviously. To get our kids back, get our offensive line firing off the football and running the football as efficiently as we did tonight, that was our big focus and I thought the kids did a great job of that.”
Settles broke the previous mark of 272 rushing yards, set by Dre’On Kemp in 2014, thanks to his 94-yard touchdown run with 4:49 remaining in regulation. He also had touchdown runs of 1, 60 and 16 yards.
Settles wasn’t the only Spartan picking up big chunks of yards on the ground, as Lakeview finished the contest with 441 rushing yards on 45 carries.
“Tonight our offensive line got off the ball,” Miller said. “Jay’Vion is a great back, very explosive. He hit the holes that were blocked for him and I couldn’t be prouder of our offensive line getting off the ball.”
The Lakeview defense was equally as impressive as its offense, as the Spartans held Loy Norrix (0-7) to one rushing yard through three quarters of play. The Knights finished the contest with 27 rushing yards and 147 passing yards.
Lakeview dominated from the get-go, taking a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play after Settles ran in a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Josiah Kitchen found paydirt on a 14-yard scramble.
Lakeview senior kicker Cooper Grosteffon made it 24-0 at halftime after successfully booting a 34-yard field goal attempt.
Settles scored his third touchdown run before C.J. Foster found the endzone on an 8-yard run with 4:38 left in the third quarter to start a running clock.
With only eight regular season games on their schedule, Lakeview has a chance to clinch a playoff berth next week when the Spartans visit Niles.
“If we win next week, we’re in. So now we talk about it because we’re one game away,” Miller said. “We need to get better and keep getting better. I’m just glad our kids came out and showed what we really are about, and that’s being tough and physical.”
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