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Wildcats defeat Cougars at District Playoffs


November 8, 2017

After a 5-1 season the Lakewood Cougars football team traveled to Archbishop Murphy High School to take on the Wildcats in the 2A District Playoffs on Nov. 3.

The Cougars ran into some trouble early as they were forced to punt and gave up a fumble on their first two offensive drives. After recovering the fumble, the Wildcats broke away on a long touchdown run and successfully pulled off the two-point conversion to put them up 8-0. Through the rest of the first quarter the Cougars forced two turnovers and did not allow any more points.

The Wildcats began to take over in the middle of the second quarter as they scored on a passing play and then again on a long run, putting them up 22-0 at halftime.

In the second half the Cougars began to get in a groove with their first offensive drive, however the Wildcats ended their momentum with an interception in the end zone. After this turnover, Archbishop Murphy picked up where they left off as they scored 21 uncontested points before allowing one touchdown at the end of the fourth. With only one score Lakewood lost to the Wildcats by a score of 43-7.

"We moved the ball at times throughout the night, but we just couldn't put it in the end zone. We had too many turnovers, but we also forced a lot of turnovers so there are some positives to our game. They are a seasoned team and we just made too many mistakes against a team of that caliber," said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter

Senior quarterback Austin Lane took control of the Lakewood offense on the ground and through the air. Lane led the Cougars with eight carries for 52 yards and also threw for over 150 yards with a 41-yard touchdown pass. George Toponce caught the Cougars' only touchdown of the game with about three minutes left in the game.

Jonathan Cox III, one of Lane's favorite targets, caught three passes for 25 yards, but made a bigger impact from the defensive end position. Cox III accounted for a handful of tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack, and two forced fumbles.

After this loss, the Cougars are heading into the offseason. They will look to take the next step in the 2018-19 season and make a push for the State playoffs.


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