EVERETT — The first round of the state football playoffs was a close one for the Lakewood Cougars, who fought hard against the Capital Cougars in a Saturday, Nov. 10, matchup at Frank Goddard Memorial Stadium.
The game ended in a 47-36 loss for Lakewood, which also ended the Cougars' chances of competing in the state quarterfinals.
Capital made the first scoring play of the night when Capital's running back Kai Van Sickle scored on a 3-yard run. Lakewood's Brandon Stott returned an 80-yard kick for a touchdown, and Randy Anaya kicked an extra point giving the Lakewood Cougars a lead of 7-6. Capital took back the lead when Van Sickle scored another touchdown and with a two-point conversion went into the second quarter with 14-7 lead.
Anaya scored a field goal in the second quarter, while Van Sickle scored another touchdown. Donovan Evans ran 21-yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 21-16 to Capital at halftime.
The beginning of the second half gave Lakewood a 2-point lead when Justin Peterson caught a 17-yard pass from Kolby Schueller for a touchdown. The lead was short-lived however as Capital scored again on a 95-yard kickoff return. Peterson scored again on a pass from Schueller, giving the Cougars a 1-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Van Sickle ran in another touchdown to start the fourth quarter, while Peterson scored on a 7-yard run and a 2-point conversion, again to take back the lead.
Although the Cougars fought hard both defensively and offensively, they lost the game as Van Sickle rushed 33-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and took possession of the ball after the kickoff, giving him the opportunity to score another touchdown and keep the game in Capital's favor.
Lakewood finished their season with a 9-2 record.