The Lakeview High School Gators football team had a happy ride home from Sibley last night.
Their trip north to Lakeside High School for a scrimmage was productive and successful – and injury free.
That’s the most important thing – injury-free,” said coach Brandon Helms. “Overall, this was the kind of start we were hoping to make.
The Gators’ coaches saw plenty they liked, and also much to improve upon after the team’s first 2021 action against another school.
“A pretty good night for us,” said Helms. “We saw some good things on both sides of the ball. Of course, we’ve got to tackle better, and that comes with reps (full contact repetitions in practice, which coaches limit). But effort-wise, I was very pleased.”
There was a lot to like for Lakeview on both sides in the controlled scrimmage.
“We were looking to find multiple guys to play the running back position, and we found that tonight,” Helms said. “Devonte Rice and Kaleb Collins ran the ball well. Our quarterback, Dillon Pikes, had two runs of each over 65 yards and ran it well all night.
“Our defense pitched a shutout, which is always a winning effort. We did some good things.”
Once the coaches break down the tape, they’ll find a lot of teaching points for next week’s practices, heading into the big jamboree matchup against St. Mary’s next Friday night at NSU’s Turpin Stadium.
Then, the scoreboard will be on, and although it will be a practice game, there will be a winner and a loser. In last night’s matchup, the stakes weren’t that high – it was simply an evaluation tool, and one that pleased the veteran coach.
“We got a lot of positives out of it, but old coaches are never happy,” he said, laughing. “We have to get better.”
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