For the first time this season, the Lakes Lancers were shut out.
Finishing a 17-0 loss to Auburn Mountainview, Lakes now has been held scoreless three times in the last 14 games. The last time in regular-season play was last year in a 49-0 loss to Camas.
For Mountainview, this was not only their first shutout against Lakes, but also their first ever victory over the perennial state powerhouse.
“First time in school history. That was one of the things we said coming out, let’s go get the win, let’s get it this year,” Mountainview quarterback Gresch Jensen said. “We’ve always been close the last couple of years, and we got it this year. It felt great.”
Jensen, who was the star of the game for the Lions with 102 yards through the air on 9 of 18 passing and 93 yards rushing on 15 attempts and one touchdown, came up big on Lakes’ first drive of the game, picking off Lancers quarterback Jaiave Magalei on the Mountainview 3-yard line to totally swing the game’s momentum.
“I saw the receiver coming across and I just kind of read his eyes, came through and got the pick,” Jensen said. “I wish I would’ve gone a little bit further, but it was a big play for us.”
As for the rest of the rushing attack, sophomore Bitner Wilson had nine carries for 56 yards and a touchdown, while senior Nate Hardin added 13 for 54. Overall, the Lions combined for an impressive 209 yards on the ground on 38 attempts, good enough for 5.5 yards per carry.
“They came out in cover-2 man and we just saw they had five guys in the box and we kept running it,” Jensen said. “We got the passes when we needed it, but they came out in a defense that allowed us to run (the ball).”
For Lakes, it was a learning experience for a young team.
“For our guys who have never played varsity football, I was really proud of them,” Lakes head coach Dave Miller said. “We threw some sophomores in there who had eyes like saucers and they went out and competed. We were going against a really potent offense with a lot of athletes and a good quarterback.
“We played well enough on defense to win the game. Our offense … anytime we got something going we had a penalty or drop off that stopped us against a good team.”