Pikes, Lakeview second-half defense extends winning streak to four

THE SWARM: Lakeview’s defense straightened themselves out in the second half Friday, not allowing an offensive touchdown in the second half to push past Delta Charter in a 36-30 win.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports

FERRIDAY – Lakeview’s Dillon Pikes is already one of the top offensive weapons in northwest Louisiana, but the versatile threat added a new position to his resume Friday – quarterback.

Pikes jumpstarted the Gators attack as Lakeview scored two touchdowns to break a second-half tie and held off Delta Charter in a 36-30 win.

“We were struggling a little bit (in dealing with the injury to usual starter CJ Jones), so we moved Dillon to quarterback,” said Lakeview coach Brandon Helms. “In 27 years of coaching, he is the most versatile player I’ve ever coached.

“He had two rushing touchdowns, a kickoff return for a touchdown and picked off two passes and forced a fumble on defense.”

Pikes is typically the team’s top receiver while also being a running threat as he lines up all over the field. He piloted the offense against Class 1A Delta Charter (2-2) to its third effort of at least 30 points this season.

He led the Gators (4-1) to their fourth straight win, the program’s longest streak in more than a decade. Lakeview’s four wins in the first five games this season surpasses the program’s total for the past two seasons combined (three) as the Gators certainly have the Class 2A playoffs on their minds.

But first comes a tough District 3-2A slate, which starts with a home date with resurgent Winnfield this coming week. Winnfield also improved to 4-1 with a 23-14 win against Bunkie this week.

“Our record (4-1) is nice, but we have to have a lot corrected to beat a very good Winnfield team,” Helms said. “I love the grit and buy-in of this team right now though.

“We were out of sync defensively in the first half, but we got it corrected. Our rush defense wasn’t bad, but we didn’t put enough pressure on their quarterback.”

At Delta Charter, Lakeview took control after a track meet first half (tied 22-22) by not allowing an offensive touchdown in the second half.

Leading 36-22, Lakeview surrendered a blocked punt for a touchdown that gave Delta Charter life late down 36-30.

But the Gators defense didn’t allow Delta Charter to mount another serious drive.

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