The Lakeside Dragons
new and improved
Wwest News Service
Saybrook_A new season, a new attitude and a new outlook for the physically fit Lakeside Dragons football team showed great promise against Howland Thursday, Aug. 23 at Lakeside Stadium.
The Howland Tigers jumped out to a 13-0 lead and the possibility of a rout loomed ahead for the Green and Gold. But unlike last season, the Dragons re-grouped and showed Howland that there was a lot of football yet to be played. The Dragons defense stiffened and forced a pair of turnovers. The offensive line and ballcarrier Chase Knight ground out some respectable rushing yardage. Dragon quarterback Tyler Loftus completed several crucial passes and they scored on a one-yard run by Chad McAfee. Wide receiver Devyn Blackmore reached the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Howland answered by scoring their third touchdown of the first half to make the score 20-8. Howland stud running back De’Veon Smith contributed a 53-yard yard to the touchdown drive. Once again the Dragons bounced back from a double-digit deficit.
Loftus, with time running out, completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to determined tight end Chuck Morgan. Loftus ran into the end zone to complete the two-point conversion making the score 20-16 at halftime.
The momentum stayed with Lakeside in the third quarter, but the Dragons’ offense failed to capitalize on the Howland miscues.
The continued assault By Howland’s Smith took its toll on the Dragons’ defense and the Tigers took control of the game in the fourth quarter. The final score was 43-16.
Smith finished the game with 311yards rushing on 17 carries. He has agreed to attend Big Ten Conference member University of Michigan next fall.
Lakeside’s Chase Knight finished the game with a respectable 82 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Tyler Loftus completed 10 of 16 passes for one touchdown and one interception.
The Dragons (0-1) travel to Perry (0-1) for a game at Alumni Stadium 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.