At the homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 15 the Lakeview High School (LHS) Honkers football team walked all over Illinois Valley in the first half on their way to a 42-0 victory and to retain sole possession of first place in the 2A-Special District 4 league.
The game was one in which the Illinois Valley team made mistakes early in the game and the Honkers were able to capitalize on those mistakes from the get go.
The game began with Illinois Valley making a mistake on the opening kickoff, a bungle which the Honkers jumped on and recovered the ball deep into Illinois Valley territory. Which led to a short field. The Honkers were able to jump out to an early lead even before the defense had stepped onto the field.
The last time the Honkers faced a team that used different running formations — Sutherlin, the defense struggled to stop the other team. That was not the case against Illinois Valley, as they rarely passed the ball and tried to run it against the Honkers. This time the Honkers were prepared for the different types of run attacks thrown their way and did not make it easy for Illinois Valley to move the ball. Only a couple of runs kept drives alive for Illinois Valley. Otherwise the Honkers were ready for the run attack, maintained their lanes, and forced Illinois Valley to fight for every yard.
A couple of fumble recoveries, long punt returns, and other stand out plays kept the Honkers moving up and down the field. The Illinois Valley defense did not have an answer for Gavin Patterson and his power running, as he racked up the yards on eight carries for 92 yards and one touchdown. Benny Alves got into the running action as well with four carries for 24 yards and one touchdown; Alves threw two passes and completed one for a touchdown. The Honkers put in the junior varsity team in the second half.
After a scoring juggernaut in the first half during which the Honkers scored all of their points, the Honkers put in their junior varsity squad in the second half to give them some playing time just in case they are needed to fill in for an injured player in one of the remaining games.
The clock ran continuously and the second half went by more quickly. Though the Honker offense was able to move the ball up and down the field, they did not find the end zone for a touchdown in the second half.
Head Coach Ryan Moss was happy with how the Honkers played in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams.
“Players will need to approach each day with a goal of getting better and not become complacent or satisfied with where we are. Lakeview has a lot of potential and we showed that on Friday, but there are bigger and better things ahead for us. I was very happy that we finished the game with class and had the opportunity to get our second team JV players into the game and put a drive together offensively during the third quarter,” said Moss.
With the win the Honkers are the 4th ranked team among the 2A teams, and are currently sitting in an excellent position to finish in the number one seed and host playoff games if they can win out in the final two games of the season. Bandon is hot on the Honkers’ heels though, and is ready to pounce if the Honkers trip up over the next couple of games.
The Honkers travel to Glide on Saturday, Oct. 23, before finishing out the regular season at home on Saturday, Oct. 30 hosting Reedsport with kick off scheduled at 2 p.m. and senior recognition occurring before the game.
Overall the Honkers have a 6-1 record and are 4-0 in the 2A-Special District 4 league play.