Lakeview’s season ends with loss at Many

LOOKING FOR AN ANGLE: Lakeview defensive back Jordan Beard tried to angle his way in the path of a Many ball carrier much like the Gators wanted to find an angle into the playoffs. But that required a win Thursday, something Many wouldn’t give up as the Tigers won 56-0.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports

MANY – Lakeview’s playoff hopes were still alive as they entered Thursday’s contest with Class 2A powerhouse Many, but the Tigers made sure those hopes ended quickly.

The top-ranked Tigers dropped 42 points in the first half on its way to handing Lakeview a 56-0 loss.

The Gators, who ended the season with three straight road games, couldn’t make their third postseason trip in four years.

Lakeview coach Brandon Helms said entering the game he wanted to see the Gators fight as they had all season, especially through a rash of injuries that derailed a four-game winning streak and made life in a tough District 3-2A difficult.

Among the injuries was quarterback CJ Jones, who has missed the last several games and wasn’t fully healthy when he attempted to play at the beginning of the district slate.

Running back Kaleb Collins tried his hand at quarterback Thursday, but the Gators couldn’t muster any points against a Many squad that shut out its last three opponents to wrap up a perfect regular season.

Just as in their last two games, Many forced the clock to run before halftime.

The Tigers snatched a 42-0 halftime lead and sped through the second half in a game that took less than two hours.

Quarterback Tackett Curtis and running back Jamarlyn Garner each accounted for two touchdowns in the first half.

Curtis ran one touchdown in and returned an interception for another as the Many defense outscored its opponent.

Garner’s two scores comes one week after he rushed for four touchdowns against Red River, totaling six TDs in the last two weeks.

Despite the sour district play, Lakeview can still point to positive trends within its program.

The Gators’ four wins is more than the past two seasons combined (three).

Lakeview won four straight games heading into district play and averaged more than 30 points during that stretch. The Gators scored just 13 points in their last four contests.

The defense also played its role in the winning streak, holding three straight opponents to six points.

But district offenses were able to produce points as Lakeview surrendered 30 points or more in four of five contests.

CREDIT: Kevin Shannahan