LAKEWOOD — The Cougars have done it again. After seven consecutive victories, Lakewood’s football team managed to shake off the steady downpour of rain on Friday, Oct. 19, and pull out an impressive 58-6 win over the visiting Granite Falls Tigers.
The victory may come as no surprise as the undefeated Cougars faced the Tigers, a team with a 2-5 overall record going into the game, but it did clinch their position as one of the top teams in the Cascade Conference.
Granite Falls posed no real offensive threat to the Cougars, other than one long touchdown in the second quarter putting the score at 12-6 for the Cougars, a lead that may have been a little too close for comfort for Lakewood. Luckily for Cougar fans, they only needed to worry for a few minutes as their team scored another two touchdowns before the end of the first half, leading Granite Falls 31-6 at halftime. The final first half touchdown was scored on a pass to wide receiver Brandon Stott, following a defensive turnover to the Cougars with only 48 seconds left on the clock.
Despite going into halftime with a sizeable lead, the Cougars didn’t let up in the second half, scoring another four touchdowns in the third quarter.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter and they finished the game with a 58-6 victory for Lakewood.
“I was really proud of the offensive line tonight,” said LHS head coach Dan Teeter. “We are missing two of our starters, and we still did a great job with those two positions filled. I’m really proud of how we did on the line.”
One of the offensive leaders of the night was senior running back Donovan Evans, who has already broken a number of school records in rushing yards. “We saw more than 300 yards from Donovan Evans tonight and he has more than 1,000 yards this season for eight games, so he’s doing really well,” said Teeter.
There was a lot to celebrate on the defense as well.
“I am really proud of those guys, you know they had that one long touchdown, and that’s really the first long touchdown they’ve let go this season. Otherwise they’ve been really solid and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The Cougars are set to face the also undefeated King’s in the final game of the regular season.
“Their defense is much improved from last year, they are very physical,” said Teeter. “And their offense has been unbelievable. Their quarterback has already committed to BYU. None of the kids in the program has beaten King’s before, so I know they are really focused going into that game. This next week is about the pride of being league champs.”
The Cougars play King’s in an away game on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. After that they head to the postseason competition, where they face the No. 4 team from the Northwest Conference on Nov. 2.