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Lakes looks sharp in opener, blows by Clover Park

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm with No Comments »
September 2, 2011 10:21 pm

By Tyler Hemstreet

Contributing writer

After missing nearly all of last season with a concussion,
Lakes High wide receiver Ma’ne Manaea couldn’t wait to get back on the field
this season.

It was evident Friday night that he was glad to be back.

Manaea caught three touchdown passes and the Lancers scored
on every one of their offensive possessions en route to a season-opening 63-8
win over rival Clover Park at Harry Lang Stadium.

“Missing last season, it was like it took a part of my life
away,” said the senior, who suffered the concussion September 24, 2010 and
wasn’t cleared to start practicing until May.

Looking anything but rusty, Manaea was all over the field
against the Warriors.

It took the Lancers just three plays to score on their
opening drive, as quarterback David Wood capped it off with a 21-yard touchdown
pass Manaea.

With his long hair flowing out of the back of his helmet all
night, the shifty Manaea was just getting started. After Clover Park (0-1)
turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession, Wood connected with
Manaea streaking across the middle. The senior cut to the outside and turned
the corner into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown reception as the Lancers
led 13-0 after the first quarter.

Lakes (1-0) got the ball back early in the second quarter
and needed just four plays to score again. Wood hit Manaea with a perfect touch
pass down the middle for a 40-yard touchdown.

“I was really excited for the game,” said Manaea, who finished
with four catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns. “It was great to get back
out there with the team in the summer at camps, passing leagues … it’s great to
finally come out here and put our work to the test. It’s a big win. It feels
good.”

Halfback Kevin Thompson added a 43-yard touchdown reception
on a screen pass as the Lancers led 41-0 at halftime. Lakes held Clover Park to
just eight yards of total offense in the first half. The Warriors also turned
the ball over twice.

“It’s the first game… it’s not really about Clover Park.
It’s about us getting better,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “We’re not trying
to embarrass anybody but we have to play three quarters. We have to work on
stuff and get better.”

Wood finished 9-of-11 for 192 yards and six touchdowns. He
rushed for another score.

Starting quarterback Cedric Dozier sat out for precautionary
reasons after suffering a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit at practice two
weeks ago.

“With a head injury, we didn’t want to take any chances,” Miller
said.

Dozier will play next week against Evergreen, the coach
said.

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