Lake moves to 3-0 with 28-14 winBy JAMES PHILLIPS,
The Lake Hornets went on the road for the second straight week, but this time they were facing a Class 2A team for the first time this season after starting the year with wins against back-to-back 3A opponents.
Two early LHS turnovers led directly to Heidelberg scores, and put the Hornets in an early hole on the road. Lake remained calm and clawed their way back to a tie in the second half, and then went on to a 28-14 win to remain unbeaten.
Lake head coach Tate Hanna said his team started off slow and made two costly mistakes.
“Our defense played fairly well in the first half, but we threw two early interceptions that led to Heidelberg having a short field and punching the ball in the endzone both times,” he said.
Because of the two costly turnovers deep in Hornet territory, LHS found themselves on the short end of a 14-6 score as the teams went in for halftime.
This game would prove to be a game of two very different halves, and when the teams returned to the field after the halftime shows, Lake would settle in on offense and defense and completely dominate the third and fourth quarters.
“In the second half we came out and were able to really run the ball and control the clock,” Hanna said. “Our defense carried us again just like they have all preseason and in the season. Our offense really found a groove and moved the ball consistently on the ground while eating up clock in the seond half and we really were able to take control of the game.”
The Hornets scored 22 unanswred pooints over the final 24 minutes of the game and ran away with the road victory.
“I feel like we really could have put this game away early if not for the mistakes,” Hanna said. “After the slow first half both sides of the ball really found their groove and started playing football. We were able to take over the game at that point and get out of there with the victory.”
With the win Lake moves to 3-0 on the season and will have a week off before hosting Choctaw Central (1-2) for homecoming on September 20 in Death Valley.
“It’s nice to be sitting at 3-0 going in to the bye week, especially considering our opening schedule, but we have to get to work and improve on offense moving forward,” added Hanna.