Lakeview falls to Lakeshore, 42-27

Lakeview falls to Lakeshore, 42-27

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Lakeview falls to Lakeshore, 42-27

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The Lakeview football team did a lot of good things in the second half of Friday’s contest against Stevensville Lakeshore.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Lancers did enough damage in the first half to run away with a 42-27 victory in front of a large opening night crowd at Spartan Memorial Stadium.

Lakeview was shut out at halftime, trailing 28-0. But the Spartans played with more confidence as the game went on, outscoring the Lancers 27-14 in the second half of the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference crossover contest.

“We made some adjustments the second half, the kids played a lot harder the second half,” said Lakeview head coach Matt Miller. “The first half we were a little shell shocked, and our kids played a little scared, quite frankly. I think the second half we realized we were just playing a football game. We weren’t as anxious, we made some plays and executed. We executed a lot better. We got a ways to go, and we’ll get there together.”

Lakeview made a big play early, as senior linebacker Max Pennock pounced on a fumble to stop Lakeshore’s first drive. But two offensive plays later, the Spartans gave the ball right back with a fumble of their own. That set up a 3-yard touchdown run by the Lancers’ Jake Achterberg.

“You can’t make mistakes like that against a team like that,” Miller said. “We got a turnover and it was big, but we made a mistake and we got to fix that in the future and limit your mistakes, especially against a team like that.”

The Spartans came out of halftime looking like a different team, scoring on their first possession. Senior running back Nick Ayres put Lakeview on the scoreboard when he rushed up the middle and then raced down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown run. Ayres finished with seven carries for 85 yards and the score.

Lakeview showed the ability the score in bunches late in the contest. Junior running back Mike Campbell got the rally started when he scored on a 14-yard run with just under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

With a little over four minutes remaining, Lakeview senior running back Steven Cordova ran to his left, utilized some solid blocking, and raced down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown run.

Senior wide receiver Bryce Williams capped off his impressive night on the game’s final play. As the clock struck zero, junior quarterback Camden Hames heaved a 56-yard touchdown pass to Williams. Williams finished with four catches for 93 yards.

Lakeview junior starting quarterback Riley Davis finished 6-of-11 passing for 89 yards.

According to Miller, Lakeview is adjusting after installing a new offense this season.

“The offense, we run the veer, it’s just going to take some time until we figure out how to block it,” Miller said. “The kids got off the ball a little bit better in the second half. We just executed some plays we called in the first half that we didn’t execute. They popped through there and Bryce Williams did a great job catching the ball for us. The offensive line just blocked a little better in the second half.”

Defensively for Lakeview, junior lineman Seth Britton recovered two fumbles.

The Lancers’ received two rushing touchdowns apiece from starting quarterback Johnny Nate (49, 3 yards) and backup quarterback Mike Adams (2, 18 yards). Achterberg also scored, and Andrew Seawood had a 50-yard touchdown run.

Lakeshore head coach Denny Dock was pleased with his team, although he did see room for improvement.

“We got off to a pretty good start,” Dock said. “We turned it over too many times, even the second unit. It doesn’t matter. You can’t turn the ball over. That’s the obvious negative. But we had a lot of guys play some awfully good football.”

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