Sitting on one of the front seats of the Lakes High football team bus heading home, coach Dave Miller was greeted with the worst kind of noise.
But the fact his players were singing loudly – and very much off-key – never sounded so good.
It beat the sounds of the preseason when the Lancers rode home in stony silence after a 1-3 start.
Lakes is back playing like a top-10 team. The Lancers overwhelmed host Enumclaw, 60-7, at Pete’s Pool on Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the SPSL 3A.
The Lancers have now won 28 consecutive league games – and did it convincingly Friday by scoring on their first eight offensive possessions after Caleb Lyons returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown for the visitors.
Lakes led 41-0 after the first quarter – and held Enumclaw’s Mauricio Portillo, the league’s leading rusher, to 5 yards on four carries.
“No question, we came out and played great defense,” Miller said of a Lancers’ defense that forced three turnovers. “The execution was really sharp.”
Miller admitted he was uncertain how his young squad would respond after tough losses to Woodinville, Skyview and Camas – all quality 4A schools – in the preseason.
“It was important to get our confidence back,” Miller said. “We have answered the bell that way, and we are now off and rolling.”