Lakeside dominates Grovetown

Lakeside 58, Grovetown 20

GROVETOWN — After setting the tone for the game against Grovetown, Lakeside’s Stephen Houzah was far from finished.


Houzah broke free on the opening kickoff for a 93-yard touchdown return. He also caught four passes for 112 yards and another three touchdowns as the Panthers cruised to a 58-20 victory Friday night.

Last season, the Panthers (3-2, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) squeaked out a 21-17 win, but they ensured that would not not happen again as they jumped out to a 45-0 halftime lead, taking advantage of six Grovetown turnovers.

The Warriors finished with seven turnovers.

“Last year it went down to the wire and this year and we wanted to make sure it didn’t,” Houzah said.

The Warriors (1-4, 0-2) turned the ball over six times on five fumbles and a Zaccheus Banks interception and punted on their other first-half possession.

The dangerous Lakeside offense capitalized on the turnovers.

Jalen Harrison scored on a 26-yard run capping a 13-second possession then it took nine seconds for quarterback Hunter Banks to connect with Houzah for a 53-yard touchdown as the Panthers went ahead 21-0 in the first quarter.

Banks was on fire in the first half, connecting on 9 of 10 attempts for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He played the first possesion of the second half completing 1 of 2 for another five yards.

Harrison rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries and scored twice, while Joshua Jones ran for one score and caught a 30-yard pass from Nick Patterson for another. Luke Harmon connected on a 30-yard field goal as well.

The Warriors got on the board late in the third quarter as Jared Cox broke free for a 62-yard touchdown then caught a screen pass from Desmond Sampson for 12 yards and another score. Sampson finished the scoring on a 12-yard run with 11 seconds left in the game.

Lakeside head coach Jarrett Troxler was proud of the team’s overall effort and knew it was an important victory with Houston County coming up next week.

“It’s big, it’s a region win,” Troxler said. “It was a very important win with us losing to Northside last week.”


PLAY OF THE GAME: Stephen Houzah took the opening kickoff at his own 7, broke through a pack in the middle of the field and was off to the races for a 93-yard touchdown for Lakeside.

STAR OF THE GAME: Houzah racked up 167 total yards and scored four touchdowns. 

WHY LAKESIDE WON: Its quick-strike capabilities struck at every opportunity.

WHY GROVETOWN  LOST: Six first-half turnovers derailed any chance the Warriors had.

NEXT: Lakeside vs. Houston County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Grovetown vs. Northside (Warner Robins), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Lakeside 58, Grovetown 20

Lakeside 21 24 13 0 – 58

Grovetown 0 0 6 14 – 20

First Quarter

L–Stephen Houzah 93 kickoff return (Luke Harmon kick), 11:47

L–Joshua Jones 3 run (Harmon kick), 6:59

L–Houzah 53 pass from Hunter Banks (Harmon kick), 4:58

Second Quarter

L–Jalen Harrison 26 run (Harmon kick), 9:12

L–Houzah 25 pass from Banks (Harmon kick), 8:13

L–Harmon 30 field goal, 1:35

L–Houzah 20 pass from Banks (Harmon kick), 1:11

Third Quarter

L–Harrison 9 run (Harmon kick), 8:02

L–Jones 30 pass from Nick Patterson (Harmon kick), 6:05

G–Jared Cox 62 run (kick fail), 1:13

Fourth Quarter

G–Cox 22 pass from Desmond Sampson (Noah Gilbert kick), 6:03

G–Sampson 12 run (Gilbert kick), :11

First Downs1512
Passing Yards21679


RUSHING–Lakeside: Jalen Harrison 13-112, Hunter Banks 3-10, Joshua Jones 8-32, BJ Raymond 2-(-9), Tom Proctor 1-0.Grovetown: Eugene Govan 9-3, Jarred Cox 6-101, William Brisbane 6-16, Desmond Sampson 18-77, Ben Jean 2-(-4).

PASSING–Lakeside: Banks 10-12-0 177, Nick Patterson 1-4-0 30, Tom Proctor 0-1-0. Grovetown: Sampson 4-7-1 79.

RECEIVING–Lakeside: BJ Raymond 2-13, Otto Joslin 1-9, Forrest Nanney 1-9, Luke Harmon 1-5, Houzah 4-112, Jones 2-59. Grovetown: Cox 1-12, Jean 1-32, Reginald Cox 2-35.



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