Lakeview High School (LHS) football hosted its first home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 1 losing to Sutherlin in the final moments of the game 30-27.
The loss marked the first loss of the season and ended a three game winning streak the Honkers were rolling on. Unlike the first games of the season the Honkers were not able to overcome a halftime deficit; their previous games the Honkers were able to overcome deficits to come back and win in the final minutes.
Sutherlin was able to use its running attack to keep the Honker defense off balance and were able to move the ball with relative ease up and down the field.
The first half featured all Sutherlin as they controlled the time of possession and scored three touchdowns in the first half. The Honkers were limited to one touchdown toward the end of the first half, but were down 24-7 at halftime and made it a struggle to come from that far back.
Whether it was first home game jitters by young Quarterback Benny Alves or just the offense not working right, the first half offense often sputtered and Alves struggled to complete his passes in the first half. A turnover at the end of the first half when the Honkers were knocking on the end zone did not help the team.
But the Honkers bounced back in the second half and went from being dominated to dominating Sutherlin in the second half.
The second half began for the Honkers with a long kickoff return by Brayson Granger to get the ball within sight of the goal line, but the Honkers were unable to get any of the points off of that impressive run.
But the Honker defense were finally able to get wind of what Sutherlin was trying to do. Sutherlin rarely passed the ball, instead they ran the ball and used pitches to the outside as pass attempts against the Honkers. After a first half in which the Honkers did not do well keeping track of who had the ball with Sutherlin’s constant motion, in the second half the Honkers were able to buckle down and were more effective at stopping the run. Sutherlin was kept to one touchdown in the second half, though the effort was not enough for the Honkers to mount a successful comeback in the second half with a large number of students cheering them on.
Gavin Patterson led the team with rushes and helped to pound the ball against the Sutherlin defense and driving the ball down the field, with timely throws from Alves.
In the final play on offense Alves threw an incomplete pass on fourth down turning the ball over to Sutherlin, allowing the opposing team to run out the clock.
“Lakeview competed until the end and I am very proud of the team for never giving up,” said Head Coach Ryan Moss. “Facing a top ten 3A team at home was an outstanding opportunity for us and to compete until the end says a lot about the team and the culture we are building with Lakeview football.”
Alves went 7 for 20 for 99 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Patterson had 21 rushes for 117 yards and one touchdown. Granger caught two passes for 26 yards and one touchdown.
Next up the Honkers travel to Rogue River on Friday, Oct. 8.
The Honkers are 4-1 overall and have a 2-0 record in the 2A-Special District 4 league and are currently in first place in league play.