By Kevin Shannahan
The Lakeview Gators are no longer the perennial doormats of the parish football scene. This season is shaping up to be the breakout one for the team under second year coach Brandon Helms. From their scrimmage to their upset victory against longtime rival St. Mary’s and 60+ point shellacking of Ringgold, the Gators are on a roll the likes of which hasn’t been seen at the school in many a football season. Week 2’s game against Rapides parish’s Northwood-Lena Friday, September 13 was to prove the Gator’s newfound prowess on the gridiron to be no fluke. A relentless Lakeview team delivered a decisive 64-14 victory over the Northwood-Lena squad. Fifty of those points were scored before halftime. You read that right. The score was 50 to zero at the half. The Lakeview Gators are now the only high school team in the parish to have emerged victorious in every game this season from their scrimmage through this week’s contests.
The Lakeview school community has a lot to celebrate off the field as well. A happy group of former Gator athletes, elected officials and candidates for office joined Principal William Hymes in a ribbon cutting on the 50 yard line for the school’s new track and field complex. The school’s old cinder track has been replaced with a new state of the art surface. The football field also received numerous upgrades. Gator baseball and softball fans will be able to watch the games in brand new baseball and softball fields. Not all of the campus investments are in athletics however. Lakeview will shortly debut its new Culinary Arts Center. The state of the art facility will enable interested students to leave high school with a nationally recognized industry certification as well as their diploma.
In other Friday night gridiron action, Coach Byron Keller’s NCHS Chiefs defeated powerhouse Many High 21 to 12 and the St. Mary’s squad gave up a hard fought contest against Cedar Creek 33 to 7.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes all of our parish’s teams a safe and successful season!