If the cheers from Lakeside's players and the somber faces of the Evans Knights didn't tell the story of what transpired between the Columbia County rivals Friday night at Panther Stadium, the words of Evans coach Marty Jackson did.
"We got our butts spanked," Jackson said after the Panthers pummeled his team 30-6.
After Lakeside (2-0) raced to a 27-0 first-half lead, Evans (0-2) avoided the shutout with a score with 21 seconds remaining in the game.
The Panthers posted their third win in 12 meetings with the Knights, but Friday's blowout was all that mattered to Philip Sadler.
"First of all, we wanted to bounce back and make sure that our first win wasn't a fluke," Lakeside's senior running back said. "Second of all, we wanted to get back at Evans after losing to them last year. And, third of all, we wanted to play a great game so we could build momentum for the region."
Sadler did his part in the first half, rushing for 101 yards and scoring three touchdowns. He also had a 44-yard punt return to the Evans 1-yard line to set up a score by Kyle Hill.
Lakeside's triple-option attack was nearly perfect in the first half. The Panthers needed only 16 plays from scrimmage on their four scoring drives.
The defense wasn't too shabby, either. Lakeside held Evans to fewer than 100 yards rushing, and a fierce blitz made life miserable for Knights quarterback Tim Steflik.
Lakeside's BB Brandenburg and DeSean McAlpin each sacked Steflik, while linebackers Sam Jasinski, Rhett Carter and Reggie Porter plugged up the running lanes.
"If we put points on the board and our defense plays like that, we're going to win some games," Lakeside coach Randy Hill said. "The defense responded, and the offense did a great job, too."
The contest slowed down in the second half, and came to a complete stop late in the third quarter when a Lakeside student suffered an apparent seizure and was taken away by ambulance.
After a nearly 20-minute delay, Evans put some points on the board, but the poor performance wasn't what Jackson was looking for heading into next week's Region 7-AAAAA opener at Southwest DeKalb.
"The shock is we didn't play to our responsibilities," Jackson said. "It's demoralizing when you lose to an archrival. It's disappointing. I hate it, but no one said it was going to be easy."
Lakeside, on the other hand, is rolling into its Region 3-AAAA game at Greenbrier next week.
"We're taking one step at a time, but we're going to go after Greenbrier hard," Hill said. "That's a game we've been waiting for all year."
Lakeside 30, Evans 6
Evans 0 0 0 6-6
Lakeside 14 13 3 0-30
LS-Philip Sadler 1 run (Josh Ramp kick), 9:10
LS-Sadler 25 run (Ramp kick), :45
LS-Kyle Hill 1 run (kick failed), 7:40
LS-Sadler 1 run (Ramp kick), 6:29
LS-Ramp 28 FG, 6:55
E-Jay Acree 2 run (kick failed), :21
First Downs 1212
Passing Yards 6516
RUSHING-Lakeside: Carl Burrow 7-77; Philip Sadler 11-116; Jimmy Johnson 9-53; Tosin Fawibe 6-31; Kyle Hill 3-8; Blake Goolsby 2-6. Evans: Cheng Ho 17-56; Buddy Dymeck 12-53; Jay Acree 5-12; Tim Steflik 8-(-49); Orlando Bradley 1-0; Israel Machovec 3-10.
PASSING-Lakeside: Johnson 1-3-1, 16. Evans: Steflik 2-10-0, 20; Ben Stapleton 0-1-1, 0; Machovec 2-6-0, 45.
RECEIVING-Lakeside: Chris Norwood 1-16. Evans: Ho 2-26, Ricky Crawford 1-37; Bradley 1-2.
Reach Mike Howell at 863-6165 ext. 116.