Lakewood's football team scored 30 unanswered points March 26 to defeat rival Archbishop Murphy 32-21.
“Every time you get a win against them, it’s always a good win,” head coach Dan Teeter said. He noted over the past 10 meetings, Lakewood has won six of them.
The Cougars got off to a slow start against the Wildcats. During the first quarter, Archbishop Murphy scored on pass plays of 48 yards and 50 yards to go up 15-0. Prior to Friday’s game, Teeter said the varsity defense hasn’t given up a touchdown all season.
“It was a position we’re not used to be in,” Teeter said. Archbishop Murphy has a big physical team. Four of five of their linemen weigh over 300 pounds.
On the ensuing kickoff after the Wildcats' second touchdown, Carson Chrisman took the ball 97 yards before being tackled on the 2-yard line. Quarterback Justice Taylor scored on the next play. After the kick failed, Lakewood was behind 15 to 6.
The second quarter saw Lakewood pull within two points when Chrisman scored on a 36-yard run. Later in the quarter, the Cougars took the lead when Shae Dixon scored on a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown. After the point-after kick, Lakewood was up 20-15.
Scoring in the first half concluded with Lakewood’s Dylan Kirkpatrick kicking a 26-yard field goal and the Cougars went up 23-15.
Teeter highlighted the efforts of his team's linemen on both sides of the ball.
“Our offensive and defensive lines are keys to what we do,” Teeter said.
He also commended the efforts of Center Josh Thuringer and Guard Keegan Bach. On defense he noted the work of Defensive End Makiah Varv-Jallow and DL Jakobus Smith along with linebackers Derrick Robbins and Jack Legore.
“We stuffed their run pretty early,” Teeter said.
Lakewood scored again in the fourth quarter with Taylor reaching the end zone on a six-yard run. Archbishop Murphy scored on a rushing touchdown later in the fourth quarter.
Near the conclusion of the game, the Cougars scored a safety when Robbins sacked the quarterback in the end zone.
Teeter said Taylor became the workhorse and helped keep the offense running.
Taylor finished the night with 145 yards on 26 rushes with two touchdowns.
The March 26 win marked the fourth win of the season for the Cougars, which is playing in the Wesco Conference during the shortened football season.
“It’s kind of fun to play the local schools we never get to play,” Teeter said. Lakewood normally plays in the Northwest Conference.
Lakewood finishes its season April 1 when they travel to Duvall and face Cedarcrest Red Wolves.