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Lakeview seniors go out winners, 23-12
Lions top Towns County to finish third season at 4-4
Lakeview's Nick Drury attempts to escape from a tackle by Towns County's Cody Smedley during the first quarter of Friday's game at Lakeview Academy. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

On Senior Night, the Lakeview Academy Lions put the finishing touches on the best season yet in the program's three-year history.

With a 23-12 win over Towns County on Friday, the Lions (4-4) closed the year on a three-game winning streak after winning just one game in each of their first two seasons.

"This group of seniors weren't going to lose," Lakeview Academy coach Matthew Gruhn said. "The credit belongs to them.

"(It's a) good step, 4-4. We can build on the future."

In the first quarter, Towns County (3-6) struck first, needing only 51 seconds to do so.

Running back Noah Calhoun dashed 58 yards to give Towns County a 6-0 lead. He finished the game with 92 rushing yards.

Lakeview answered back just 11 seconds into the second quarter. Wide receiver Ted Reynolds caught a lateral from quarterback Jackson Wells, Reynolds then tossed the ball 38 yards downfield to running back Matt Askounis. Lakeview led 7-6 with 11:49 left in the half.

Towns County regained the lead with 5:51 left in the second quarter when quarterback Jackson Noblet ran 11 yards for the score giving the Indians the lead once again at 12-7.

With 10 seconds left until halftime, Lakeview fumbled on the Towns County 2-yard line. But on the next play, Lakeview's defense picked up a safety, cutting the deficit to 12-9 at halftime.

As Gruhn said, the Lions "refused to lose."

Lakeview carried the momentum from the safety into the second half, and the third quarter turned into the seniors' going away party.

Senior running back Nick Drury, who finished the season with more than 900 rushing yards, scored twice on runs of 42 yards and 60 yards.

"4-4 is better than 3-5. It's a great way to go out," said Drury. "These 12 seniors are a tight knit group."

Drury finished the game with with 28 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He ended the season with 14 rushing scores.

The Lakeview special teams and defense played a key role in the game as well. The defense intercepted two Noblet passes as well as forcing and recovering two fumbles, and Trevor Price blocked a Towns County punt in the first half.

"They did a great job defensively," Towns County coach Kyle Langford said. " They had a great scheme. We got outcoached, their kids played hard."

Noblet finished the game with 44 rushing yards and 93 passing yards for the Indians.

Towns County plays host to Hebron Christian Academy in its season finale.

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