Two years earlier, sophomores Tanner Brassell and McTier Mosley hooked up to defeat the Evans junior varsity squad.
With Lakeside’s back up against its own end zone in the waning moments against another county rival Friday night, the Panthers teammates went to their old bag of tricks again.
Brassell tossed a 90-yard touchdown pass to Mosley with 1:23 remaining and Lakeside held on for a wild 21-17 win over Grovetown.
“They gave us all we could stand tonight,” Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler said. “Grovetown wanted us. And they showed it.”
In the schools’ first-ever meeting, they didn’t disappoint. Despite the teams combining for four lost fumbles, the game featured four lead changes in the second half.
Grovetown quarterback Juwan Biggers connected with Desmond Sampson for touchdown passes of 10 and 15 yards in the third quarter. Biggers also found Sampson in the end zone for a two-point play, which gave the Warriors a 17-14 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Lakeside (2-3, 1-1) saved its season after a dreadful offensive showing in the fourth quarter, which featured a lost fumble, a punt and a sack of Brassell on fourth down. The Panthers faced fourth and four from its 10, when Troxler gambled. The Lakeside line opened a hole on the right side, and Javeon Brighman gained five yards.
After a false start, the Panthers went with a play that Mosley, a senior receiver, reminded his senior quarterback about when they defeated Evans.
“What about JV? Remember that?” Mosley asked. “We were down to Evans. Same thing.”
Brassell responded: “Yeah, I remember that.”
Against Grovetown (1-4, 1-1), Mosley faked a bubble screen and darted past his defender down the left side. He caught the ball in stride on the 40 and cut to the middle of the field, outracing the Grovetown defense for a 90-yard touchdown.
The Warriors responded with a late drive, and with the aid of two pass inteference penalties, marched to the Lakeside 23 with 18 seconds remaining. But Stephen Houzah intercepted Biggers at the 5 to preserve the victory.
“We knew it was going to be a fight,” Brassell said. “So we had to get it.”