The Lakewood football team hosted their homecoming game as they opened league play against the Sedro-Woolley Cubs on Sept. 27.
The Cougars started with the ball on offense and wasted no time attacking the Cubs' defense on the ground. With a few huge runs down the field, Lakewood was able to score in the first two minutes of the game, securing an early 7-0 lead. After falling behind, Sedro-Woolley’s offense took the field but quickly had to punt the ball away after failing to convert for a first down. Through the rest of the first half neither team was able to get their offense going as the defenses stood strong. With seconds left in the half, the Cougars were able to hit a field goal and went into halftime up 10-0.
The second half opened like the first half ended, with both teams struggling to put together long offensive drives. Near the end of the third quarter, Lakewood seemed to start finding their stride as they marched down the field and scored on a trick-play with a pass into the back of the end zone. Even with the 17-0 lead, the Cougars' defense continued to keep the pressure on the Cubs. Through the rest of the half the Cougars continued to use their running game as they marched down the field and scored again halfway through the fourth quarter. Lakewood closed out the game with a last second field goal to secure the 27-0 shutout victory.
“The defense was amazing, and I couldn’t be more proud of them for holding that team to a shutout. The offense and special teams came up in big situations and made plays when we needed to pull ahead. It’s a great team win,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.
The Lakewood defense played a huge role as they shutout the Cubs, forced them to punt over five times and tallied three turnovers on downs. The biggest performance came from senior defensive end Brenden McClellan as he recorded two sacks and kept pressure on the Cubs’ quarterback.
On the other side of the ball the Cougars were led by Jared Taylor, Malik Dotson, Landen Pruitt, Carson Chrisman and Jackson Schultz. Taylor, senior quarterback, proved to be a dual threat with 76 passing yards, 110 rushing yards and a passing touchdown. Dotson, junior running back, was breaking tackles all over the field as he had 100 yards on 10 carries. Pruitt, senior running back, rushed nine times for 52 yards and scored on a long 30-yard run for the first touchdown of the game. Chrisman, junior receiver, led all receivers with four receptions, 59 yards and a receiving touchdown. Schultz, senior receiver, caught one pass for 10 yards but made the biggest impact on a trick-play pass where he threw for 24 yards and scored a touchdown.
Lakewood’s senior kicker Alan Sepulveda had the best game of his career. He went three for three on extra points and hit two field goals, one from 33 yards and another from a school-record 44 yards away.
The Cougars only have one more home game scheduled for the regular season as they will be taking on the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.