Beverette, Piners silence doubters

Beverette, Piners silence doubters

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Beverette, Piners silence doubters

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The revival of Lakewood football has taken place despite skepticism outside the program, the result of a decade of losing seasons, and it’s something top college prospect Tyrice Beverette says he understands.

“I guess people thought we were the same team as last year when we couldn’t overcome adversity,” Beverette said after the Piners knocked off Jackson Liberty 19-0 Friday night in a Shore Conference Class B South game. “We had to show them we can win a game like this.”

The Lakewood doubters have pointed out that the Piners (4-1, 3-1) previously beat two still-winless teams and a one-victory team.

But in Jackson Liberty, Lakewood faced a team that was a hair away from an undefeated season. The Lions’ only previous loss came in overtime against Barnegat.

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“It’s not our fault on which teams they put in front of us,” said Lakewood coach L.J. Clark. “This is a program on the rise with a lot of players contributing and doing the right things on and off the field.”

Beverette threw a touchdown pass and ran for a touchdown. He rushed for 91 yards and completed 6 of 12 passes for 53 yards.

As a defensive back, he was part of a unit that held Jackson Liberty to three first downs. Beverette – who missed two games this season, which he said was due to dehydration problems – capped the night with a late interception.

Lakewood picked up all its points by converting turnovers into touchdowns and racked up a 13-0 lead in the opening 3:30.

Tyron Wemberly ignited the rally by helping cause a fumble on Jackson Liberty’s second play from scrimmage. The play was a completed pass from Bob Davies to Ahmed Foster, but the ball came loose and Lakewood recovered on the Lions’ 40.

From there, Mike Randolph made Jackson Liberty (3-2, 2-2) pay on the first play. Randolph’s 40-yard touchdown run was followed by Jobany Jaquez’s extra-point kick.

Jackson Liberty got the ball back and found more misfortune. A backwards pass from Davies to Anthony Sasso hit the ground and Wemberly recovered at the Lions’ 20.

Lakewood only needed four plays to convert that turnover. Herby White rushed for 12 yards and Berverette ran it into the end zone on a third-and-goal from the 8.

“They outplayed us in all three phases,” said Jackson Liberty coach Tim Osborne. “They beat us up on the line of scrimmage and they dared us to throw the ball, and we didn’t throw the ball very well. I didn’t do a good job of getting us ready. Put it on me.”

The final touchdown came in the fourth quarter.

This time, the turnover was a fumble caused by a Joey Keraitis hit, with Datrell Reed recovering at the Jackson Liberty 5. Lakewood scored on an eight-yard Beverette pass to Anthony Cook.

Chapelle Cook also boosted Lakewood with 67 rushing yards. Matt Castronouva led Jackson Liberty’s offense with 3 catches for 33 yards.

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