Lakeview High School (LHS) football dominated their opponent in the first round of the 2A football state playoffs defeating visiting Grant Union on Friday, Nov. 5, 59-6. The Honkers will host Bandon in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12 with the game starting at 7 p.m.
This was the first home playoff game the Honkers have had since 2018, and for many of the players it was their first playoff game period, as the Honkers did not make it to the playoffs in 2019 and there were no playoffs in 2020 due to COVID.
The Honkers were led by quarterback Benny Alves and running back Gavin Patterson, whom Grant Union could not stop.
Even though Alves did not throw as many passes compared to other games this season, he was still successful on the throws he made. He went 5 of 9 for 55-yards and two touchdowns — both of them to Cael Stratton.
Patterson ran up and down the field and averaged 14 yards a carry, which was helped by a 60 yard touchdown run to seal the game in the second half. Overall, Patterson had 12 carries for 177 yards.
But the running attack was not all just Patterson as Morgan Ludwig and Greg Havely also got into the mix with impressive running performances, and showing a different look to the Grant Union defense. As each runner has a particular style, with Patterson being a combination of power and speed; while Havely is more of an edge speed runner. Havely scored one touchdown and Brandon Markus also ran for one touchdown. Max Graham added an additional score with a 92 yard kick off return for a touchdown.
The ball control the Honkers showed allowed them to control the game, as they marched up and down the field, with Grant Union not able to find an answer for the Honker attack.
LHS though was able to keep Grant Union down through most of the game – Grant Union’s only score came in the fourth quarter – as the Honkers were not troubled by the opponents running game nor by Grant Union’s passing game.
In the cold and wet conditions, it rained most of the game, Grant Union made two crucial mistakes the Honkers were able to capitalize on. One was a fumble on the snap by the quarterback that the Honkers recovered and the other was an interception thrown by Grant Union. Both turnovers led to points by the Honkers; while the ball was wet and slippery Alves was able to recover a snap he fumbled.
Late in the game some of the junior varsity players got playing time.
Head Coach Ryan Moss was really happy with the way the team played and said the team has shown improvement in their play across the season. On the offensive side of the ball the team tried a few new things, while the defense continued its dominance with excellent preparation throughout the week leading up to the game and studying film of Grant Union.
“I order to continue our success we will need a great week of practice and not be complacent with our standing or record,” said Moss. “Each game in the playoffs is ‘do or die,’ and we will plan to continue our hard work as coaches and players in order to be successful.”
Next up is another home playoff game for the quarterfinal matchup as the Honkers will host Bandon, a league opponent and one the Honkers have faced earlier in the season and won the previous meeting 26-20. This will be the second meeting of the two teams, and that can be difficult as Bandon has a fair idea of what LHS likes to do.
“Looking ahead to Bandon, they will be seeking redemption for when we beat them in Bandon in late September. Watching film from that game I see a different team from Lakeview. We have grown and improved by leaps and bounds since then and will be ready to execute our game plan,” said Moss.
The game begins at 7 p.m. and playoff tickets can be purchased online at osaa.org/tickets.