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Cougars prepare for football season


August 23, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Blake Funston goes up and comes down with the interception against George Toponce during cornerback drills at Lakewood High School on Aug. 18.

Summer Break is coming to an end, and the Lakewood Cougars football team is gearing up for a strong start to another competitive season.

Last year the Cougars played in the Northwest Conference for the first time since leaving the Wesco 2A. They finished with a conference record of 3-4, an overall record of 3-6, and missed the playoffs by one game. That was the first time Lakewood didn't compete in a playoff game since 2009.

"Our energy level is high and the kids are excited. We've got some talented players and a lack of depth, so we're really going to be demanding of the guys to be on top of their effort, their assignment and their technique. We're going to need to be sharp on those to win and I think we could win a lot of football games if we do those things well," said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.

The Cougars enter the season as a very young team which will be relying on a handful of senior leaders. Austin Lane, quarterback, and Jon Cox III, wide receiver, are two of the captains and are working to make sure everyone is up to speed.

Andrew Hines

Cougars' starting quarterback Austin Lane launches the ball down the right sideline at Lakewood High School on Aug. 18.

This is the third year Lane is starting at quarterback for the Cougars and he brings an offseason of growth. He also comes into the year with a strong receiving core that is led by Cox. Standing at 6'5", Cox is expected to open a lot of eyes this year and finish out his final season as one of the top receivers in the conference.

"Our goal at this point is to be our best every Friday night and we feel like if we do that, then we can improve on last year's record. Every game is big, but when we look at the schedule Blaine stands out because they ended up in that spot right above us. That was our worst performance last year, in a game that needed to be big for us," said Coach Teeter.

The Lakewood Cougars will open up their season on Friday, Sept. 1, at Clover Park High School as they play the Warriors at 7 p.m.


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