Lakeview High School (LHS) football completed its regular season with a victory on Saturday, Oct. 30 by defeating Reedsport 39-13 and is ranked third in the state for the playoffs, the first round of which will be on Friday, Oct. 5 at LHS with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will need to be purchased online.
New LHS football Head Coach Ryan Moss had set a goal this year of making the state playoffs and that came to fruition on Oct. 30 as the Honkers were able to dominate both sides of the ball.
Even with the rain in the second quarter and the wet and muddy field conditions throughout the rest of the game, Moss said the team was able to play a full three quarters before the junior varsity players gave up two touchdowns to Reedsport in the fourth quarter.
After a couple of games where he struggled passing the ball, quarterback Benny Alves found his rhythm and his open receivers as he was almost perfect throwing 13 passes with 11 completions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Alves was able to complete passes through the torrential downpour which caught both teams off guard as people scrambled for cover and rainbows graced the sky.
“Alves was outstanding in the passing game and has been better at recognizing defenses and taking autonomy of the offense in checking out of plays based on what the defense does,” said Moss.
Running back Gavin Patterson continued with his dominating ground performance, finding holes created by the offensive line and running over defensive players. Patterson ran 13 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
The other main running back Morgan Ludwig was impressive with his ground game as he ran the ball nine times for 62 yards and one touchdown. Ludwig averaged over six yards per carry.
But it was not all offensive wizardry on the field, as Assistant Coach Lane Stratton led the defense to shut out Reedsport through the first three quarters of the game.
Once again the Honkers faced a team which was focused on misdirection and running the ball. The only loss the Honkers had this season was against a team that did much of the same thing — Sutherlin. Since then Stratton has been leading the defense and making sure that the Honkers are not as surprised by ground attacks like they were against Sutherlin. LHS has stifled ground attacks and running game plans developed by other teams, leading to turnovers and the Honkers dominating time of possession.
Moss said the hardhat and lunch pail award winners for the game were Jaiden Schulte and Alves.
The Honkers will host Grant Union on Friday, Nov. 5 in a home game for the first round of the state playoffs. Depending on how the first round shakes out the Honkers could host a second round game of the football state playoffs.
People can purchase tickets at osaa.org/shop/tickets.