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Lakeside beats Evans for the third consecutive year

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In its bid Friday night for a third consecutive shutout of rival Evans, Lakeside’s defense faced a fourth-quarter, fourth-and-short with its back to the end zone.

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Lakeside's Johnathan Long looks for some running room as Evans' Damian Foreman closes in.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/Staff
Lakeside's Johnathan Long looks for some running room as Evans' Damian Foreman closes in.

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If anyone doubted whether the Panthers would get a stop and preserve the shutout, it certainly wasn’t senior defensive tackle Jacob Wright.

“There wasn’t a chance in the world of them getting that fourth-and-2,” he said with a smile.

The play – a pass knocked away at the last second to stall Evans at the 7-yard line – capped off a dominant defensive performance for the Panthers in a 17-0 home win.

In a game between Columbia County and Region 2-AAAA North rivals, Evans (3-6, 1-4) got nothing going with the ground game, typically its bread-and-butter.

Seven players got at least one carry, but it resulted in only 2 yards on 20 carries.

Meanwhile, Lakeside (5-4, 4-1) had its way running the ball while securing a two-score lead before halftime.

Quarterback Mark Weidenaar had the only two touchdowns of the night on a pair of 7-yard runs.

The first came on the Panthers’ first drive after his 52-yard gain set up a first-and goal. The second came on the first play of the second quarter to finish a 12-play drive.

Both Johnathan Long and Weidenaar topped 100 yards rushing; the senior running back had 136 on 27 carries, while Weidenaar had 125 on 14 rushes.

The rushing attack was key on a night when Weidenaar finished with just 28 passing yards, just missing on a pair of potential long completions to Spencer Plunkett.

“I thought we ran the ball pretty well, especially early in the game,” the senior quarterback said. “They started picking up on some of our stuff that second half, and we had to make adjustments.

“But we got the win.”

Eric Preheim bumped the lead to 17-0 in the third quarter with a 25-yard field goal.

While the Knights’ passing game struggled in the first half – Tyler Roberts had just 24 yards and two interceptions in the half – it picked up in the fourth quarter.

Roberts finished 12 for 26 for 114 yards, but was sacked a handful of times.

For Evans, Jacob Rizner had seven catches for 81 yards and also boomed a 66-yard punt.

The Knights held the Panthers to their second-lowest point total of the season.

“We played short-handed, but we played well,” Evans head coach Marty Jackson said. “It was a good defensive game.”

Lakeside now turns its focus to next Friday’s region play-in game. The Panthers play host to Brunswick for a spot in the state playoffs.


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smAShT 10/29/11 - 02:07 am
Excuse me Marty Jackson...YOU

Excuse me Marty Jackson...YOU LOST 17-0...how can you say your team played well??? You havent scored on your number one rival in over 8 quaters of football!!! You been blown out by your number one rival four times in a row!!! Stop giving excuses for not coaching these talented boys up.. Evans coaches are a sad bunch just there to collect a pay check...please step aside and let somebody coach that really understands what it takes to build a winning program! The folks in the Touchdown Club put up to much $$$ to hear these kind of excuses every week.

Also...why does lakeside wear black? What happend to the maroon and silver? that was your team colors four years ago... A little trendy are we? Whats next, procombat uniforms?

Riverman1 10/29/11 - 09:09 am
LOL @ SmashT. Black uniforms

LOL @ SmashT. Black uniforms are cool. Seriously, it's interesting the Evans jinx over Lakeside for decades has been broken.

oldskool 10/29/11 - 09:37 am
@SmashT--It really wouldn't

@SmashT--It really wouldn't matter what color Lakeside wore because they're better coached, PERIOD!!

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Like I see it 10/30/11 - 05:33 pm
Knights are too small upfront

Knights are too small upfront on both sides of the ball. Defense played well 2nd half. Need to spend more time on tackling. Every team they face runs with success up the middle. Coaching staff needs to take a hard look and consider changing up their offensive scheme or it will be another long year next year. Way to predictable. Lakeside won the game and that's the bottom line. There is not a team in Columbia County that is any good. We could possibly combine Evans , Lakeside and Greenbrier and have one team that could be competitive with N. Augusta and Lexington.

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