Blowout takes Cavs to 2-0
Published 11:25 pm Friday, September 9, 2011
CHESAPEAKE — Lakeland’s football team made it back-to-back routs over Southeastern District foes, following up a 41-0 win over Deep Creek last week with a 41-15 win at Hickory Friday night.
A 2-0 start on the heels of an 0-10 season last year is plenty of reason to be proud. It can’t be a time to rest, though, and that comes from the Cavalier coaches and players.
“We’re going to make sure they don’t settle,” said Lakeland head coach Glenwood Ferebee. “I think we realize our goal is to make the playoffs.”
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“Oh no, we’re not satisfied. After last year, after 0 and 10, we can’t be satisfied,” said wide receiver/defensive back Rausheeim Thompson.
Along the same lines of what the Cavs did to the Hornets, Lakeland immediately grabbed hold of the game and didn’t let go before it had a huge margin on the scoreboard.
On the first play from scrimmage, junior running back Raekwon Johnson went 80 yards for a touchdown.
Zach Super connected with wide receiver Antonio Jefferson for touchdown passes on the next two Cavalier drives.
Meanwhile, Lakeland’s defense was just as stout as it was in pitching a shutout against the Hornets. Hickory got on the board with a safety from a poor shotgun snap, then scored its first touchdown of the game with another wild snap and fumble recovery in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.
The contest was completely decided before the Hawk touchdown made it 41-9 Cavs.
“It means a lot. We’re still hungry, but this feels good,” said Johnson.
The Cavaliers scored just before halftime, with a 40-yard touchdown run by Anaquan Peterson making it 27-2 at the break, then with their first possession in the third period.
Starting the second half, Lakeland forced a Hawk punt and took the ball in Hickory territory.
Johnson trucked 20 yards on the first snap and 10 yards into the end zone a couple plays later. Evan Worley’s fourth of five extra points made it 34-2 with 7:30 to go in the third period.
Johnson and Antonio Perry led a 92-yard Cavalier drive after Derrick Edghill’s interception stopped a Hickory drive. Johnson finished the march with a six-yard touchdown run for a 41-2 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Johnson finished with 192 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Super passed for 167 yards and the two touchdowns with Jefferson, who has four touchdown catches in Lakeland’s two wins.
“Our quarterback keeps us in check,” Johnson said.
“He’s a good leader for us out there,” said Jefferson. “Our (offensive) line works hard and makes us go. They work harder than we do.”
“That’s what we preach. We’ve got to get on teams and get on them quick,” Ferebee said. “Good football teams learn to take the life out of an opponent early. We know; we’ve had that done to us before.”
Whether it’s taking the heart from a foe or simply stunning an opponent with big plays from lots of players, Lakeland’s two for two on the young season.
“We want to be the first Suffolk school to make the playoffs,” Ferebee said.
The Cavaliers (2-0, 2-0) go back on the road next Friday, facing Maury.