The Lakewood football team matched up with the Sequim Wolves in the first round of the WIAA 2A State Tournament on Nov. 15.

The Cougars came out on fire as they opened the game on a 70-yard run and scored within the first two minutes to go up 7-0. After the score, Lakewood got their first look at the Wolves' offense as they slowly inched down the field with their ground game. After an eight-minute drive, Sequim was able to find the endzone but missed the PAT to close the gap at 7-6. Unfortunately for the Wolves, Lakewood wasn’t going to slow down as they scored yet again before the end of the quarter to put them up 14-6.

In the second quarter, Lakewood continued to dominate the matchup as they forced a turnover on downs on Sequim’s next possession. After getting their offense back on the field, the Cougars went on another quick drive and scored on a 16-yard pass, 21-6. After forcing another turnover on downs with 1:30 left in the half, Lakewood managed to extend their lead with 65-yard touchdown drive as they went into halftime up 28-6.

The second half was more of the same as the Cougars scored a touchdown, forced a turnover on downs and grabbed an interception before subbing in their second unit in the fourth quarter. With their backups in for the fourth, Lakewood scored a field goal and allowed one touchdown to win the game by a score of 38-12.

“It’s been our goal to get to State. We took care of this round and now we’re looking forward to the next one. Teams can try to game plan for us, but every week we are able to add new plays, find their weakness and expose it,” said Cougars’ senior quarterback Jared Taylor.

Lakewood put up some big numbers on their offense behind Jared Taylor, Landen Pruitt and Carson Chrisman. Taylor went 10 for 15 passing with 127 yards and three touchdowns to go with his seven carries, 101 rushing yards and one touchdown. Pruitt, senior running back, led the team with 10 rushes for 114 yards, one reception for 10 yards and one rushing touchdown. Chrisman, junior receiver, led all pass catchers with seven receptions, 111 yards and three touchdowns.

“We did what we were supposed to do as a five-seed going against a 12. Our competition is only going to keep getting harder so we’re going to enjoy this one for a little and then get right back to it. We want to have our best performance next week and hopefully take home some hardware when it’s all over,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.

On the defensive side of the ball the Cougars were led by their linebackers Riley Krueger, Derek Robbins, Morgan Stacey and Jack Legore. Krueger, senior, and Robbins, junior, led the team with eight tackles each and one tackle for loss. Stacey, senior, finished with six tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass deflection. Legore, junior, also had six tackles, two tackles for loss and contributed on offense with four carries for 19 yards.

Two other contributors on the defense were Jakobus Seth and Shae Dixon. Seth, sophomore defensive end, had four tackles and a pass deflection in the second half. Dixon, junior defensive back, finished with three tackles and had a big 20-yard interception in the third quarter.

If you want to come out and support the Cougars, they will be travelling to battle the two-time defending State Champion Hockinson Hawks on Saturday, Nov. 23, for the second round of the WIAA 2A State Tournament.

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