Panthers bolt out

LAKESIDE 42, CROSS CREEK 12

PLAY OF THE GAME: On the first play of the game, Lakeside defensive end Derek Russo snatched a fumble out of mid-air from Cross Creek's William Mitchell and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown just 11 seconds into the game.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lakeside's Mark Weidenaar ran for a 75-yard touchdown for the Panthers' second score of the game and tossed three touchdown passes -- all to different receivers -- to help Lakeside build a 30-0 halftime lead.

WHY LAKESIDE WON: The Panthers scored on the first play of the game -- a 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Russo -- and never looked back. They led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 42-0 after three quarters before Cross Creek scored twice for the final deficit.

WHY CROSS CREEK LOST: The Razorbacks had 24 offensive plays in the first half and netted just 25 yards, including nine plays that went for either no gain or negative yardage. Cross Creek managed 123 yards in the second half, but it was a case of too little, too late.

QUOTable: "We worked hard all week and really stressed that we had to play with passion and fire because we knew Cross Creek had a lot of good athletes." -- Lakeside head coach Jody Grooms

NEXT: Richmond Academy at Cross Creek, Lakeside at Westside

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