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Lakewood falls to Sultan at home
One week after a euphoric Homecoming victory over Coupeville, the Cougars lost some players to injury and illness and fell to the visiting Sultan Turks 57-20 in a Cascade Conference loss Friday, Oct. 27.
First-year coach Dan Teeter said his squad was fired up after their first victory of the season, but suffered key injuries leading up to and during the Sultan game.
Seniors Kelvin Mansfield (knee), Dallas Smith (leg) and junior Jarrod Alexander (elbow) had to watch from the sidelines and senior Danny Borisov left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury.
With our lack of experience and depth it (injuries) takes a toll on our guys, Teeter said.
The loss dropped Lakewood to a 1-6 record in league play and 1-8 overall. Sultan improved to 4-3, 6-3.
Junior quarterback Jay Wettlaufer scored the first touchdown for the Cougars on a 22-yard sneak in the second quarter.
He found a seam and hit it pretty quick on the quarterback sneak, Teeter said.
Junior Marcus Harkins converted on the extra point.
Even though Lakewood trailed 36-7 at halftime they were able to rally for 13 points in the third quarter.
Junior running back Ernest Mitchell dazzled the crowd in the third quarter with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after a Sultan TD.
Teeter praised the exciting upperclassmen.
Hes a spark that ignites the offense in a hurry, he said.
Wettlaufer connected with senior wide receiver Shane Holland on a 22-yard pass play in the third quarter.
The kids are beginning to become more comfortable, Teeter said. They are getting more confident. Jay had one of his better games and offensively we were able to move the ball pretty well.
The Cougars will finish out their season with a league crossover game against Sehome of Bellingham Friday, Nov. 3.
Teeter said fans should be in for a wild ride as Sehome is one of the highest scoring teams in the region, but they also allow a high number of points.
At Lakewood H.S.
Sultan 14 22 15 6 57
Lakewood 0 7 13 0 20
Records Sultan 4-3 in league 6-3 overall, Lakewood 1-6 in league, 1-8 overall