Lakeview High School (LHS) football began its season under new coach Ryan Moss with a win Friday, Sept. 10 against Modoc in Alturas, Calif., 27-20.
The game was 7-7 at halftime and was an even first half as neither team was able to dominate the other. LHS sophomore Benny Alves was going through some first game jitters and being a sophomore was still learning the offense.
This was the first game for young quarterback Alves at the helm of the Honker offense. Moss said Alves did a good job leading the team throughout the game, though there was some struggle in the third quarter as Alves threw three interceptions, allowing the Modoc team to get a lead in the second half. A bad snap on a punt led to another turnover and to another short field for the Modoc team. Moss was happy with the way Alves battled through the adversity; he said Alves showed grit and determination.
“The boys battled and the team was tested and came back from a third quarter deficit of 20-7 for a come-from-behind win,” said Moss.
Moss said the second half turnovers gave the ball to the Modoc team in excellent field position, leading to easy scores, though the Honker defense was able to hold off the Modoc team from scoring off of one of the turnovers with a major goal line stand.
“I was very impressed with our defense. They stood their ground and did not allow Modoc to score from the goal line,” said Moss.
The fourth quarter was when the Honker offense began to wake up and move the ball, while the defense held Modoc scoreless in the quarter to allow the Honkers to come back into the game. Moss said the defense provided the spark the team needed to mount a comeback in the final quarter.
Alves led the team as the Honkers picked up their running game and all four touchdowns were scored on running plays.
Gavin Patterson ran the ball 16 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Havely ran the ball for 43 yards, and scored two touchdowns. Alves was 11/19 and had 180 yards. Moss was excited that Alves completed over half his passing attempts in his first start of his career.
Moss said everyone was excited to get back to work and to get back onto the field again.
The Honkers have their first home game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 12 p.m. against Coquille.
The Honkers are 1-0 in the 2A-SD4 Special District 4 league.