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Lakeview rolls to 32-12 opening win
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In front of packed crowd at Jock Horner Field in Gainesville, the Lakeview Lions cruised to their first victory of the season 32-12 over the Fellowship Christian Palladians on Friday night.

“It always feel good to get the first victory of the season. We can thank our defense for that” Lions coach Matthew Gruhn said.

The defense, which did not allow any points from the line of scrimmage until 32 seconds left in the game, helped the Lions win their first season opener since 2010 in convincing fashion.

The last season-opening victory for Lakeview was last against Fellowship Christian. The victory also evens up Lakeview’s all-time record against the Palladians at 2-2.

“The defense played with aggression and helped open up the offense,” Gruhn said.

The Lion defense forced seven fumbles, recovering five of them, and had an interception called back.
“Like a good team, we got better as the game went on,” Gruhn said.

Though the Lions came away with an easy victory, there is still plenty to work according to Gruhn, who was not happy with some of the sloppy mistakes on the field.

“We’ve got to cut down on the number of penalties and turnovers.” Gruhn said.

Lakeview’s offense got going thanks to a 1-yard run from Trevor Price with 8:57 left in the first quarter. The run was set up by another Price run of 25 yards, who totaled 68 yards on five carries.

Caleb Faulkner’s 95 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns led the way on the ground for Lakeview.

“We started off slow, but when the (offensive) linemen started to get together, the whole offense followed,” Faulkner said.

The experienced offensive line was able to push around a less experienced Palladian team with ease. The Lions scored four rushing touchdowns on 299 yards on the ground from their triple-option attack.

“We running backs can’t do it without them (offensive line),” Faulkner added.

Senior quarterback Ted Reynolds was 2-for-3 passing with a touchdown pass and added 94 yards rushing on seven carries with a touchdown.

Reynolds’ touchdown run put the Lions up 13-7 in the second quarter and they never looked back.

“You can feel it when you walk down the halls at school,” Reynolds said. “The whole school is behind us and that really helps.”

The new season has brought about a new attitude and toughness to the senior-laden Lions, who returned 19 seniors back from last year’s team and look poised to have a record year.

In addition to the new feel among the players and the entire school, the Lions are wearing new uniforms this season, tweaking their traditional blue and white look and adding an orange trim to their helmets and jerseys.

“Even our headmaster is behind us and wants us to do well, which pushes us even further to not let everyone down,” Reynolds said.

Lakeview had nine penalties for 58 yards.

The Lions will travel to Hebron Christian next Friday as they look to win the first two games of their season for the first time since 2009.

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