The Lakewood football team had their homecoming game as they battled it out on the gridiron with the Orting Cardinals on Oct. 12. 

From the kickoff the Cougars began to dominate on both sides of the ball. Orting couldn’t move the ball on the Lakewood defense and were forced to punt early in the first quarter. After a few short runs, the Cougars put the first points on the board with a huge 53-yard bomb over the top of the Cardinals' defense. With a successful two-point conversion they went into the second quarter up 8-0.

In the second quarter, the Cougars started to take more shots through the air as they kept scoring consistently. Through the rest of the first half Lakewood maintained their shutout while putting up two more touchdowns through the air. They went into halftime up 21-0 over the Cardinals.

Early in the second half Orting finally got on the board after creating a turnover deep in Lakewood territory. After a short run, and a blocked PAT, the Cardinals began to close the gap with a score of 21-6. Through the rest of the half Lakewood made sure to keep the foot on the pedal and were able to dominate  Orting as they finished with a score of 41-6.

“[Jared Taylor] makes you look like a good coach in a hurry because when things break down he can make something happen. He’s an accurate passer, a dynamic threat running the ball and he makes our offense go,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.

Jared Taylor, junior quarterback, was a huge factor on the Lakewood offense. He finished with a total of six touchdowns, four through the air and two on the ground, while only committing two turnovers. He also put up 134 rushing yards on 20 carries and 338 passing yards on 26 completions of 37 attempts.

The Cougars had weapons all over the field but Michai Harris, Ian Ware and Landon Pruitt made a big impact. Harris, senior wide receiver, finished with 145 receiving yards on eight receptions and also grabbed two touchdowns. Ware, senior wide receiver, came down with four receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown. Pruitt, junior running back, finished with a total of 57 all-purpose yards.

“We came out of this healthy and we’ll work on the little things. After looking at film, we’ll tune a few things up and look at trying to get our first win in the Sky Division over Burlington-Edison,” said Coach Teeter

The Lakewood defense was led by Spencer Neiffer, Jack Legore, Tavion Henderson and Derek Robbins. Neiffer, senior captain linebacker, and Legore, sophomore linebacker, were huge in the middle of the defense as they led the team in tackles and organized the team. Henderson, senior defensive back, grabbed the one interception of the day for the Cougars as well as a few pass deflections. Robbins, sophomore linebacker, rotated in throughout the game and picked up the only fumble recovery for Lakewood.

If you want to come out and cheer for the Cougars their final home game will be against the Burlington-Edison Tigers on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.


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