BY DWAIN SPILLMAN JR, Journal Sports
CAMPTI – Injured and somewhat demoralized, the Lakeview Gators spent some time getting over their 37-0 shutout loss at Mansfield this past week.
Lakeview will attempt to put that performance, and its three-game losing streak, in the rear-view mirror when the Gators make a trip to Jonesboro-Hodge on Friday.
“We licked our wounds during the first half of practice on Monday,” said LHS head coach Brandon Helms. “Then, I told the kids we can’t let Mansfield beat us two weeks in a row. We were still kind of suffering from Friday night. It was just a bad night and one of those games you experience sometimes. I told the kids that we have to concentrate on this week’s game and put last week behind us. The second half of the practice was completely different.”
The Gators dropped to 4-4 overall on the season while dropping to 0-3 in District 3-2A play. Lakeview has high hopes of gaining their first league win as the Gators make the second of three final road trips to Jonesboro-Hodge this week to round out the 2022 regular season.
Jonesboro-Hodge stands at 2-6 and 0-3 on the 2022 campaign while also seeking an initial league win. The Tigers succumbed to district foe and perennial powerhouse Many, 58-0, on the road in their last contest.
“I believe we are focused now on Jonesboro-Hodge,” Helms continued with confidence after this week’s practice sessions. “We are pretty banged up, and we do have some depth issues. When you lose one starter, it’s really like losing two because most of our kids play on both sides of the ball. But they will adjust this week. This is a great group of kids, and I’m proud of how hard we have worked. We have a game plan, and we just have to go execute it. All we can do is control what we can control. It’s just that simple.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Elizabeth Yopp/St. Mary’s Media Relations