Turnovers Hamper Lake View's Pursuit of First Win
SAN ANGELO, TX-- ‘Twas the night of turnovers at San Angelo Stadium, as the Lake View Chiefs fell 53-27 to Midland Greenwood at San Angelo Stadium on Friday night.
Lake View’s defense was still a force to be reckoned with, yet Greenwood had some secret weapons of their own on defense.
“Just got to work on details and stay confident”, said Lake View’s Head Coach Hector Guevara. After a game full of penalties for both teams it seemed as though the details played a crucial role in tonight’s matchup.
The Rangers rode in, ready to kick up the dust first just two-minutes in. Jake Somers put up a 20 yard floater to the 25 yard line that met Gunnar Holcomb, who waltzed in untouched for a Greenwood touchdown and made the score 7-0.
Somers showcased his arm again with three-minutes remaining in the first quarter. He launched a rocket to Josh Nail in the back right corner, inside in the pylon, who managed to keep his toes in to put up six more. The score then sat at 14-0 Greenwood leading.
The Greenwood defense got in the saddle and made a key play to keep the momentum going in the first quarter. Ryan Snodgrass picked off Lake View’s Henry Nickias’ pass and hauled it home for a touchdown. Greenwood then led 21-0 with 1:30 left in the first quarter.
Lake View, always ready on defense, was in search of a way to break the scoring chain. They found just that when Tyre Thomas made a big interception and carried it to the Greenwood 30 yard line. With the momentum, Nickias got his offense moving. Nickias seemed to be in trouble as he scrambled around the back field in the red zone, but luckily he spotted Alexis Ayala, and with a laser the duo secured the first Lake View touchdown of the night. With 8:04 left in the second quarter, Lake View only trailed 21-7
Seth Weatherby of Greenwood decided he would try finish out the long drive the Rangers had made. Weatherby rushed in the final five yards to bring up another end zone celebration for the Rangers. Greenwood led 28-7 with five minutes left in the second quarter.
Minutes later to close out the last drive of the half, Greenwood put up three with a field goal after they could not break through the Lake View defense. The score going into the locker rooms was 31-7 Greenwood.
In a big play to open the second half, Snodgrass once again seemed to read Nickias like a book. He picked up his second pick six of the night, racking up six more for Greenwood on defense. Just 30-seconds in the score was then 38-7.
Nickias, needing a way to redeem himself, did so on a powerful rush up the right side he brought six home for the Chiefs. With 5:03 left in the third quarter, the kick was no good, setting the score at 38-13 Greenwood.
Greenwood kicked a field goal on their following possession taking the score to 41-13 with 2:33 left in the third quarter.
Somers did not let the third quarter end without letting it rip again. This time Brody Ray was the receiver on the end of his 30 yard bomb up the left sideline, Ray shook off his defender and rushed for another Greenwood touchdown. 47-13 with a-minute-thirty left in the third quarter.
Just when Lake View was seemed to find the silver lining, Nickias’ 45 yard rushing touchdown was called back due to a block in the back. They then were sent back to repeat the first down.
Ayala made sure to complete the drive with a Lake View touchdown bringing the score to 47-21.
“Our attitudes need to be positive” added Coach Guevara
This showed throughout the night as Lake View never hung their heads and continued to fight for themselves and their fans.
To end the scoring it was Somers for Greenwood who ran one in for himself with 3:46 left in the game. Then Nikias was sure to end the home game with a Lake View touchdown. Williams received the handoff at the one yard line to punch in the final points. The game came to a close and Greenwood rode off victorious 53-27 over Lakeview.
Lake View falls to 0-4 on the season with Lubbock Estacado (3-1) coming into town on September 29.