BY DWAIN SPILLMAN JR/Journal Sports
FERRIDAY — Intensity. That will be the key when Lakeview attempts to win its fourth straight game when they head to Delta Charter on Friday.
“We must maintain the intensity we have played with at home and take it on the road with us,” said Lakeview head coach Brandon Helms. “We have a very big challenge ahead of us this week.
The Ferriday-based Storm (2-1) carry a 2-1 mark on the season as they attempt to recover from a 56-8 loss to resurgent Glenbrook this past week.
Lakeview’s three wins have come by a combined margin of 99-18 with its win against previously unbeaten LaSalle the most recent. The Gators had two separate three-game winning streaks in 2019, but Lakeview hasn’t had a four-game streak since at least 2009 (first year of LHSAA digital schedule and results).
“(Delta Charter) is very athletic, and their quarterback is a dual threat,” Helms said. “We will get to know him very well this week in practice. This is really our first long road trip of the season. We will learn a lot about our team this week.”
Lakeview is coming off a 28-6 victory over familiar foe LaSalle last week heading into this week’s matchup.
The Gators’ own dual-threat quarterback CJ Jones will miss a couple of weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in the second half against LaSalle in what Helms described as a “costly win.” Lamarrion Rushing slid under center for the rest of the game, doing an “admirable job,” but the Gators will be looking for their first points with Rushing this week.
The Gators improved greatly in all facets of the game since the beginning of the season, but Helms is looking for more steady improvement as district play is on the horizon next week starting with a visit from Winnfield.
“If teams are happy with where they are after Week 3 or 4, then they have peaked too soon,” Helms said. “Our defense has been playing lights out, and we are very pleased with that. We had our backs against the wall several times and stood up the challenge. Offensively, we started fast and attacked. But, there are still some areas we must continue to see improvement in because district play is just around the corner.”
Helms was also complimentary of his offensive output, which revolves around standout threat Dillon Pikes. Pikes is averaging 18 yards each time he touches the ball on offense and has been supported by solid play from the offensive line as well as his quarterback.
“He’s a man child,” Helms said of Pikes. “He is special, no doubt. If college coaches are looking for a kid who consistently make plays, then we have one right here.”
St. Mary’s earns much needed break in Week 5
The hometown St. Mary’s Tigers (3-1) will enjoy a rare but much needed break in Week 5 of the regular season after dealing DeQuincy a 42-14 defeat on the road a week ago.
“We are going to heal up during our week off,” Tiger boss Aaron York said. “The kids are pretty banged up after playing four much larger schools. It takes a toll on you — the kids and the coaches.”
York said he will give his players a day off this week as well as the coaches, who have spent copious amounts of time at the school this season.
The break is welcomed before heading into district play at LaSalle (3-1) on October 7.
“We are in a good position right now with this week off, and it’s just good timing to have the break right now,” York said. “We are going to take this week to rejuvenate. We still have some things that need to be corrected. We are going to recharge and get ready to start district with LaSalle next week. We do not forget that our goal is to play in December every year.”
With the Tigers on a three-game winning streak, York was most complimentary of the fortitude his team has displayed.
The Tigers bus broke down just 20 minutes from reaching their destination at DeQuincy this past week.
“The kids played hard. Besides the debacle of just getting there and having to dress and tape on the side of the highway, it really didn’t seem to affect the team. We still haven’t played our best game of the season yet. The kids are still believing in themselves, and it’s going to be really exciting and something to enjoy when we see it all come together.”
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