Lamar wins region A crown with 14-7 Win Over Lake View
By Johnnie Daniels
The Lamar Silver Foxes won the Region A varsity football crown with a 14-7 win over the visiting Lake View Wild Gators in Lamar on Friday, October 21.
The Lamar Siver Foxes received the opening kickoff and had to punt.
Lake View received the punt on their own 23-yard line and wasted little time in moving the football towards the goal line. Lake View’s Marvin Gordon quickly picked up 7 yards followed by 2 yards on the next play. Kason Herlong kept for a first down and then completed a pass to Shaheed Dawkins. Marvin Gordon picked up 6 yards followed by Shaheed Dawkins who picked up a first down. Trey Page carries after the reception for 7 yards and then had a pass reception on the 1-yard line of Lamar. Logan Jones carried the pigskin into the end zone from 1 yard out with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter. Lance Jackson’s PAT was good, and Lake View was up 7-0.
Lamar’s Travion McPhail carried for a first down to start the offense moving for the Silver Foxes. Tyler McManus kept for 5 yards. The drive stalled, and Lamar was faced with a fourth down. Lamar picked up a first down with a fake punt. From there Travion McPhail picked up 2 yards followed by a carry by Tyler McManus. On the next play, Tyler McManus fired a completion to Tavis Dolford for a first down. Tyler McManus picked up 2 yards. Travion McPhail was stopped by a host of Lake View defenders including Jayden Benjamin and Joey Grossetti. Lamar faced a fourth and 11 on Lake View’s 24-yard line. Tyler McManus threw a completion to Freddy Cruz for a first down. Tavion McPhail scored from 9 yards out with 10:52 remaining in the second quarter. Lamar’s #14’s PAT was good to tie the score at 7.
The Lake View Wild Gators turned the football over to Lamar on downs.
Lamar also turned the football over to Lake View as the game was becoming a defensive battle.
Lake View began deep in their own territory on the 9-yard line. Lamar’s Travion McPhail intercepted a pass and returned it to the Lake View 2-yard line.
Travion McPhail carried the football to Lake View’s 1/2-yard line. Lamar’s #74 powered his way into the end zone for 6 points with 1:04 remaining in the first half. The PAT was good by #14 to give Lamar a 14-7 lead.
Lake View’s Kason Herlong was intercepted by Lamar’s #10 with 25 seconds remaining in the first half.
At halftime, Lamar held a 14-7 lead over the Wild Gators.
Many former Lamar standout players were honored for their tremendous achievements after high school in different sports including the NFL and NBA. Some included Shondra Mack, Kenneth Anthony Walton, Eric James, Shirley Tucker, Shane Howell, Ronnie McCoy, Joyce Robinson Howard, Tony Shaw, the late Richard Robinson, Coach James E. Brown, Coach Shot Windham, Coach Marshall King, Coach J. R. Boyd, Coby Durant, Lavon Kirkland, and others as time expired at halftime. The others will be honored at a later date.
Lake View’s first possession of the second half ended with a Trey Page fake punt. Lamar took over on the 45-yard line but quickly relinquished the football to Lake View on downs.
The Wild Gators began to move the football offensively. However, a bad snap lost 15 yards, and Lake View’s Trey Page punted to Lamar’s 32-yard line.
Lamar was faced with a fourth and 8 when a snap sailed over Lamar’s punter’s head.
At the end of 3 quarters, Lamar held onto a 7-point lead, 14-7.
Lamar was forced to punt, and Lake View had great field position on Lamar’s 27-yard line. Lake View’s Marvin Gordon broke tackles to pick up a first down. Marvin Gordon carried to 5-yard line. Kason Herlong was caught for a 2-yard loss on the 7-yard line. Logan Jones picked up a yard. Lake View was faced with a fourth and 2 on the 4-yard line. The drive ended with an incomplete pass attempt to Camden Umphries.
Facing a fourth down and 4, Lamar’s #14 punted, and Lake View took over on Lamar’s 42-yard line. Lake View managed to get to the 6-yard line but ended up facing a first and goal from the 21-yard line. Lake View’s hopes ended with an incomplete pass with 8 seconds remaining in the game.