BOGART — Prince Avenue Christian took advantage of four Lakeview Academy fumbles and a safety to defeat the Lions 35-6 in its home opener Friday.
The Wolverines racked up 455 yards on offense, led by senior William McNeely with 16 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
"I'm giving tonight's performance all to my line. They made some big wide-open holes for me," McNeely said.
Prince Avenue scored first on a bad snap that went over the head of quarterback Jackson Wells into the end zone for a safety.
The Wolverines had their own turnover problems, coughing up the football twice in the red zone in the first 10 minutes of the game.
"If we play like we did in the first quarter, it's going to be hard to beat a good team," Prince Avenue coach Mark Farriba said. "We still have young guys who don't understand how important covering that ball is."
With first-and-goal on the Lions' 4-yard line, Rob Farriba fumbled into the end zone for a Lakeview touchback. Farriba redeemed himself with 4:54 remaining in the second quarter, scoring the Wolverines' first touchdown with a 4-yard run.
Lakeview fumbled away their next possession and Prince Avenue made the Lions pay as James Shirley caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carl Mattox to take a 15-0 lead into halftime.
"We run the ball so good with William that it makes it easy to pass," Mattox said.
Mattox was 2-for-3 with 52 yards passing and 63 yards rushing.
The Wolverines opened the second half with a 61-yard touchdown run by McNeely.
"It starts with (McNeely)," Farriba said. "He needs to be productive, and he has been."
McNeely's final run of the night was a 40-yard touchdown with 1:44 remaining to put the Wolverines up 28-0.
Sophomore Titus Campbell entered the game in the fourth quarter for the Wolverines and finished with 67 yards on six carries and a touchdown.
Lakeview Academy prevented a shutout with a Nick Drury touchdown with 52 seconds remaining in the game. Drury led the Lions with 105 yards rushing.
The Wolverines' defense held Lakeview Academy to 123 total yards.
"I'm proud of our defense. They were put in some tough situations with our turnovers on offense and bad kickoff coverage," Farriba said. "If we continue to run the ball the way we are, play the same defense and figure out our kicking game, we'll be pretty good."