Lakeview air attack beats Vikings

LEAVITTSBUG — The Lakeview Bulldogs (2-1) got off to a slow start but eventually scored quite often to give it a 34-6 victory over the LaBrae Vikings (1-2) on Friday night.

Early on, the Bulldogs were hungry for the ball. Lakeview intercepted the first pass from LaBrae’s Kent Wolford. It only took Lakeview three plays to find the end zone.

Quarterback Zach Rogers hit wide receiver Connor Greenwood for a 4-yard touchdown that put Lakeview up 6-0 after kicker Noah Busefink missed the extra point. That was the score at the end of the first quarter. Both offenses sputtered as they combined for 39 yards and just two first downs.

The second quarter was a much different story for Lakeview as the air assault began. On Lakeview’s first possession of the quarter, Rogers connected with wide receiver Evan Adair for a 62-yard touchdown with 8:55 left in the half. That put to put the Bulldogs up 13-0.

“We thought that our receivers were better than their secondary,” Rogers said. “We thought that we could take advantage of that to make plays.”

Rogers threw for 181 on just four completions.

After a solid but unsuccessful drive by LaBrae, Lakeview got on the scoreboard again with a 44-yard touchdown catch by running back Tony Crish. Lakeview led LaBrae 20-0 with 1:52 left in the first half.

“Most of all, our guys are just getting better,” Lakeview coach Tom Pavlansky said. “LaBrae has a good team because they have a great front. They have some big, stout guys. We are just getting better. Nothing magical about it.”

After a quick 3-and-out from LaBrae, Lakeview struck again as Rogers hit wide receiver Noah Olejnik in stride for a 73-yard touchdown. That score put Lakeview up 27-0 with 46 seconds left in the half..

“I think that we tried to get away from the big plays,” LaBrae coach John Armeni said. “They have a good quarterback. They have some good skill guys. The big plays changed the momentum of the game.”

After LaBrae marched down the field, a fourth-down conversion on Lakeview’s 7-yard line failed, giving the Bulldogs the ball.

Elijah McMurdy scored on the first play on a 94-yard touchdown run that put Lakeview up 34-0 with 5:19 left in the third quarter.

LaBrae had seven drives that either gained no yards or negative yards.

“Not a whole lot of stuff we tried worked out,” Armeni said. “That was obvious by the outcome of the game. We’re young and a little banged up but we try not to use those things as crutches to lean on. We laid an egg.”

LaBrae put itself on the board when running back Timmon Cayson ran for 63 yards to set the final score at 34-6.

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