Lake takes down undefeated Pisgah, No. 1 Philadelphia next

By JAMES PHILLIPS,

The Lake Hornets traveled to Pisgah High School in Sandhill last Friday night to take on the undefeated Dragons. Both teams were undefeated coming in so something had to give, and it was not the Hornets.

When it came time to put the pads on and take the field, the biggest battle of the night was the Lake defense against the bruising Pisgah running attack. The Hornets’ defense was stout and kept the Dragon ball carriers under control while the offense put up four scores in taking the win 27-7. 

“Over the last couple of seasons we have had some success at slowing down the Pisgah rushing attack,” Lake head coach Tate Hanna said. “They were able to move the ball on us in the first half, but in the second half our defense keep them from getting anything going.”

The Pisgah Dragons offense was able to run the football between the 20’s, but every time they moved close to the LHS goal line the defense held strong and kept them out of the endzone. The Dragons ground game was averaging over 400 yards a game rushing coming in to this matchup, but Lake was able to hold them to under 200 yards on the ground. 

Lake started the scoring late in the first quarter when quarterback Brady McGee threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Marquon Hughes for the 7-0 lead that would hold until the end of the opening quarter.

Pisgah answered with a score in the second quarter to tie the game, but that would be the only time they would cross the goal line against the Hornets defense.

In the second half Lake’s Johnny Johnson scored two touchdowns with McGee adding a third score. Johnson rushed for 182 yards in the game, and McGee added another 100 yards on the ground.

With the win Lake remains undefeated at 6-0 headed in to a Region-6 showdown with Class 2A No. 1 Philadelphia (5-1). The Tornadoes will travel to Lake after an impressive win over Scott Central last Friday night.

Hanna knows this will be a tough matchup. “Philadelphia is one of the top teams in 2A every year,” he said. “They are athletic, fast and very well coached. They have one Dandy Dozen receiver and athletes all over the field. Coach Frey does a great job preparing his team.”

The undefeated Hornets will host the visiting Tornadoes this Thursday night. The game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m.