In Oct. 30- Nov. 5 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Sports Editor
The Lakers (3-6, 1-3 in district play) held their own against the visiting Allen County-Scottsville Patriots last Friday night at Laker Field, even going ahead early in the fourth quarter, but eventually lost to the district champion, 20-13.
The Patriots had possession for more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, which included a 15-play, eight minute scoring drive to put the Lakers down for good in the game’s final minutes.
For much of the game, the Lakers looked like they might take down the district power as the Laker defense, led by senior linebacker Chandler McGowan, stood strong against the Patriot offense.
“We played well defensively,” said Laker Head Coach Bill Sharp. “I thought it was our best game on defense and I am proud of our defense.”
McGowan had seven solo tackles and assisted on nine others while Garrett Lawless, who was injured late in the game, had six solo stops. Chris Hammond and Codey Bell also assisted on nine and eight tackles, respectively.
Bryon Ellis had three solo stops and assisted on five others on defense for the Lakers.
Sharp did say his team failed to get a stop on the Patriots long drive in the 4th quarter that put the game away.
“I told them (after the game) that I was tired of losing close ballgames,” he said. “We got ourselves into the same situation we had the week before against Somerset, but we let this one slip away.”
Sharp, while commending his defense’s effort for much of the night, had a different opinion on his offense.
“I think we were inept on offense,” he said. “We never seemed to be clicking on all cylinders.”
Quarterback Bryon Ellis passed for 104 yards and one interception on 5-14 attempts and rushed for 99 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Chandler McGowan, the Laker fullback, had 23 yards on five carries.
Wideout Michael Lawless caught two passes for 73 yards while receiver Quinton Warriner had 22 yards on two receptions.
Sharp did say his team played with fire and intensity throughout their last regular season district game.
“There is no quit in this bunch,” he said. He said this Friday’s home game against the Adair County Indians should be a tough one, especially with the Indians coming off of a two-game winning streak over Barren and Hart counties.
It will also be Senior Night at Laker Field. “I told our seniors that this is the last time they’d be playing on this field and to go out and represent themselves, their school and their community well,” Sharp said.
He said his team needed to play hard, fast and with emotion to knock of the rival Indians.
“They judge their program by how well they compete against us, just like we judge our program by how we play Somerset,” he said.
He said that his team is going to focus this week on Adair County and not overlook them, as “anything can happen.”
“They are a very confident team right now, and we have to be well prepared,” he said.
While nothing is official as of yet, reports out of Calloway County (6-2) seem to suggest that the Lakers will travel there for the first round of the KHSAA playoffs, following the end to the regular season.
Calloway County is in a three-way tie for first in class 4A, region 1, district 1.
The Lakers host the rival Adair County Indians Friday on Senior Night at Laker Field. Halloween game time is set at 7 p.m.