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King's Ridge blanks Lakeview Academy, 13-0
Lakeview unable to earn first two-game win streak in school history
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Time to start another streak.

So was the rationale for the Lakeview Academy football team after Friday night's 13-0 loss to King's Ridge Christian at Jock Horner Field.

The visiting Tigers wore down Lakeview (1-1) with a balanced attack of a run-pass mix that led to the eventual winning score late in the second quarter.

The Lions were hoping for their first two-game win streak in school history. For now it's back to the drawing board.

"We'll come back Monday ready to start something new," said senior lineman Logan Jones, Lakeview's defensive standout. "It never stops at this school. That's the way we are - all 23 of us on this team."

The numbers may have been small but the effort was huge. But even the biggest hearts eventually wear down. It happened to the Lions on what ended up being the winning score.

The Tigers play-action offense ran 23 plays compared to just three for Lakeview in final 13:22 of the first half.

Lakeview's interior line grew exposed to a running attack that featured six different runners for King's Ridge in the first half.

"We knew what was coming," Jones said. "Our coaches told us every day at practice. They just ran everything really well. Our effort was there. I don't know how else to explain it."

The Tigers also took advantage of Lakeview's only first-half turnover. After Miles Marshall recovered a fumble on the Lions' 40, Jeff Sneed capped a 12-play drive with a 1-yard plunge only 32 seconds before halftime.

After running just seven times in its first three drives, the Lions ran it 10 times over the last 6:52. The biggest play was a 13-yard gain by Devon Schmitt on a fake punt from Lakeview's 43.

Jason McCoy threw just three passes on the scoring drive after throwing 10 times on the prior three drives. He threw for 114 yards including 53 yards on four completions for Schmitt.

"They had just fatigued a little bit," Lions coach Matthew Gruhn said. "We had them stopped before the fake and that took some energy out us and demoralized us a little bit. They have some playmakers but we had them hemmed up for the most part. (Schmitt) is such a great player but they have other capable players at receiver. So we couldn't commit to one side of the field or to one player."

The Lions had chances to get on the board early. Ted Reynolds picked off McCoy on the Tigers' first series, and Jackson Wells intercepted McCoy midway through the quarter for what appeared to be a touchdown. But a roughing-the-passer penalty wiped off Wells' return and score.

Lakeview again threatened late. Jackson Beck reeled in three catches on the Lions' final drive for 68 yards before a late turnover put an end to the drive, and the hopes for two straight victories.

"We'll be back. I really believe in our kids," Gruhn said. "We'll go out and play hard again next week to start again. That's the kind of group we have."

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