A quick strike up the middle gave Lakeside the necessary edge to maintain its hold in a county rivalry.
Will Childers hit Graham Tulowitzky on a 15-yard strike midway through the fourth quarter to put the Panthers ahead for the final time Friday night. Lakeside edged Greenbrier 20-19 in a region-opening thriller.
Lakeside (1-5, 1-0 Region 3-AAAAAA) repeated history by picking up its first victory at the biggest time. The Panthers opened region play with another win over Greenbrier (5-1, 0-1) while ruining the Wolfpack’s perfect start for the second year in a row.
After a 7-0 victory over Greenbrier last season, Lakeside reeled off two more region wins to earn a playoff berth, while the Wolfpack missed out on the postseason. Friday’s victory was Lakeside’s 11th in a row against its county rival, but its closest margin of victory over that span.
Childers went 12 for 17 for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning pass to Tulowitzky with 8:13 left that put Lakeside ahead 20-17. Tulowitzky caught eight passes for 109 yards and two scores.
Lakeside rolled to a 7-0 lead when Childers hit Tulowitzky on a 17-yard touchdown pass at 1:24 in the first quarter. Childers finished the first 7 for 7 before Greenbrier’s defense began to disrupt the passing attack in the second.
Greenbrier missed a scoring opportunity midway through the second, but settled for a John Waters 31-yard field goal. After a quick stop on defense, the Wolfpack turned to J.Q. Brown, who carried the offense downfield and scored on a 5-yard run for a 10-7 lead.
Greenbrier took advantage of excellent field position within a minute left in the first half when Hayden Harrison threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Levi Lloyd for a 17-7 lead with 26 seconds left.
The Panthers turned to a hurry-up offense to begin the second half as Jaden Taylor carried them downfield from the wildcat formation. He capped a long drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 8:07 in the third.
Greenbrier was held scoreless in the second half aisde from a late safety, while Lakeside did just enough to get by. After the go-ahead score, Lakeside purposely took a safety with 14 seconds left to stay ahead 20-19, then held the Wolfpack after their last-second drive from the 50 proved fruitless.
Brown rushed 22 times for 119 yards and one touchdown for Greenbrier.