Panthers' defense blanks Wolfpack

Seven of Lakeside's first eight drives brought the Panthers into Greenbrier territory. They got as close as the 2-yard line.

But those seven drives failed to produce a single point.

"When you get that close, you've got to capitalize on the opportunities," Lakeside quarterback Ben Wilson said. "And when you don't, it is aggravating, but you've just got to work through it and keep moving."

Greenbrier's defense held strong for nearly three-and-a-half quarters, but in the end it wasn't enough. Wilson's 16-yard touchdown run broke a scoreless tie with 8:53 remaining, and Lakeside piled on late in a 21-0 victory at Panther Stadium.

"I was impressed with their defense. They had us scrambling there for a little while," said Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler, who said he offered postgame kudos to Wolfpack coach Brian Smith and defensive coordinator Tony Kramer for their efforts.

"We did some good things offensively," Troxler said. "But we're just shooting ourselves in the foot still."

For the Panthers (2-4, 1-1 Region 2B-AAAA), Ben Brooks appeared to have a 35-yard touchdown reception late in the first half, but couldn't hold on.

In the second half, their best chance to break through came when Wilson found Tony Sigee on a 34-yard pass down to the Wolfpack 2-yard line.

On the next play, Wilson attempted a quarterback sneak on a quick snap, but fumbled when he was met immediately by Daniel Horuzsco and Graham Lowry.

"We played a good game. Everything was real positive," said Greenbrier's Josh Dunn, who sacked Wilson twice in a span of three plays in the third quarter to back up the Panthers. "Even when they got some deep balls and got in the red zone, we held them."

On Lakeside's next series, however, Wilson found the end zone for the go-ahead score that opened the floodgates. Johnathan Long scored from 11 yards out on the next drive, then Danny Leonardi completed the scoring when he returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:19 remaining.

For Greenbrier (1-4, 0-1 Region 2B-AAAA), the offense couldn't get going from the start. The Wolfpack were perpetually backed up in their own territory and ran only 40 offensive plays to the Panthers' 65.

Lakeside held Greenbrier to 138 yards and forced six turnovers. Quarterback Jordan Hunt threw for 81 yards, but was intercepted four times -- twice by Jamal Walton.

Lakeside 21, Greenbrier 0

PLAY OF THE GAME: Lakeside's Danny Leonardi stepped in front of a Jordan Hunt pass and returned it 45 yards for the Panthers' final score. It capped off a dominant night for the Lakeside defense.

STAR OF THE GAME: Out of Lakeside's 65 plays on offense, quarterback Ben Wilson was a part of 42 of them -- 21 passes and 21 carries. He finished with 213 total yards -- 169 passing and a team-high 44 rushing.

WHY LAKESIDE WON: The defense forced six turnovers and held the Wolfpack to 138 yards.

WHY GREENBRIER LOST: The Wolfpack defense shined through three-and-a-half quarters, but it wasn't enough.

NEXT: Evans at Greenbrier, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Effingham County at Lakeside, Friday, 7:30.

Lakeside 21, Greenbrier 0

Greenbrier 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Lakeside 0 0 0 21 -- 21

Fourth Quarter

L--Ben Wilson 16 run (run failed), 8:53

L--Johnathan Long 11 run (Wilson run), 3:58

L--Danny Leonardi 45 interception return (Ben Hunt kick), 1:19

 GL
First Downs714
Rushes-Yards27-5744-118
Passing Yards81169
Comp.-Att.-Int.7-13-48-21-0
Fumbles-Lost4-23-2
Punts-Yards6-32.34-27.5
Penalties-Yards6-405-45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Greenbrier: Jahvon Hardrick 16-69, Daniel Horuzsko 1-0, Trey Lawhorn 7-(-5), Jordan Hunt 3-(-7). Lakeside: Wilson 21-44, Long 12-39, Jonathan Andre 6-32, Naji Harris 5-3.

PASSING--Grenbrier: Hunt 7-13-4 81. Lakeside: Wilson 8-21-0 169.

RECEIVING--Greenbrier: Ricky Wiebe 3-38, Rhett Stanley 3-35, Hardrick 1-8. Lakeside: Tony Sigee 4-76, Ben Brooks 2-64.

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