In a battle of two of the state’s best Class 3A teams, the Lakes Lancers simply had too many weapons for the Peninsula Seahawks to handle.
No. 2 Lakes scored three touchdowns in the second quarter Friday night and went on to a 33-13 win in the South Puget Sound League opener for both squads at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.
One of the key moments of the contest came late in the second quarter after Peninsula had narrowed Lakes’ lead to 13-10. The Lancers pulled off a fake punt as part of a 77-yard, six-play drive, and scored with 8 seconds left on David Wood’s 14-yard pass to Sammie Long.
“We made some big plays at key times,” Lakes head coach Dave Miller said. “We didn’t play particularly well tonight. I think some of it was we haven’t played that level of competition.”
Fifth-ranked Peninsula’s defense bottled up the Lancers in the first quarter. Lakes managed only one first down on its first four series, including a turnover on downs at its own 40-yard line.
That miscue, however, didn’t cost the Lancers any points, and the Seahawks (4-1 overall, 0-1 league) got only a 30-yard field goal from Sam Shea to lead 3-0 after 12 minutes.
Lakes (5-0, 1-0 league) finally got going midway through the second period. Running back Levonte Littlejohn, who finished the game with 141 rushing yards, led a 64-yard drive that Cedric Dozier punctuated with a 6-yard toss to Keegan Love in the corner of the end zone.
Lakes increased its lead to 13-3 two minutes later, taking advantage of a poor punt. The Lancers went 39 yards in four plays, and Charles Hall Jr. scored on a 3-yard run.
Peninsula’s Luke Plummer hauled in a 30-yard pass from Austin Filkins, and Alex Weymiller split double coverage to score on a 32-yard play.
Lakes aided the drive with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the Lancers finished the night with 15 penalties for 135 yards.
Peninsula’s Danny Welstad, who came in averaging over 200 yards on the ground, was held to 92 yards on 30 carries.
“Lakes is good,” Seahawks head coach Ross Filkins said. “They’ve got probably 10 Division I football players on that team, and we had some problems on our blocking and our execution.”