Turnovers cost Lakeview in rivalry loss to Red River

Lakeview’s Dillon Pikes looks for running room this past week as the Gators dropped their second straight district contest Friday against Red River. 

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports 

CAMPTI – Not turning the ball over was a hallmark of Lakeview’s four-game winning streak, but the Gators were bitten by the turnover bug Friday in a 40-6 loss to rival Red River in The Swamp. 

The Gators (4-3, 0-2 District 3-2A) are on a different kind of streak now after committing four turnovers, giving the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-0) short fields that diluted a relatively decent defensive performance. 

Lakeview forced nine Red River three-and-outs, but the Bulldogs cashed in on field position for the bulk of their points. 

“We have done a great job of taking care of the football all year long, and tonight we turned it over four times resulting in short fields,” said Lakeview coach Brandon Helms. “Red River had 17 possessions, and we got stops on 13 of them. Defensively we played hard, but we had some chances to get off the field and it didn’t happen.” 

Lakeview’s offense didn’t score as the only points came from a Dillon Pikes kickoff return in the second half. 

Red River built a 20-0 halftime lead and weren’t threaten in the rivalry game as the Bulldogs have started 2-0 in district play to offset a 1-4 start. 

Lakeview quarterback CJ Jones did return from injury, but he couldn’t jumpstart the offense. 

“Red River controlled the line of scrimmage, and that’s a credit to them,” Helms said. “They had a good plan.” 

After opening district play with two losses by a combined 75 points, Lakeview will attempt to correct its course with road trips to Mansfield and Jonesboro-Hodge before ending the regular season at Many. 

“We have to do some soul searching and find a way to stop this skid,” Helms said. “We have to be more explosive offensively, and our special teams tonight weren’t good outside of the lone bright spot with Pikes’ touchdown.” 

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