With seven minutes left in the first half, Juanita had the ball on the Lakes 5-yard line. But Na’Hoku Agor didn’t let the Rebels get any further. Shaking off a block, the Lancers’ senior defensive back sprinted into the backfield and slammed down running back Andrez Trahan.
The play ignited Lakes to scores on its next two possessions in route to a 24-6 victory over Juanita on Thursday at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.
“I thought it was a typical first game, first half there were jitters on both sides working through some early season stuff,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “We really relied a lot on our seniors who have played a lot of football for us.”
After Agor’s big defensive play, Juanita tried for the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 9-yard line but Jake Hohu’s throw went high.
Lakes got the ball back and junior quarterback Liam Bladow connected with Cody Roe on a fade route. Roe caught the ball 25 yards away from Bladow then turned up field and took it the distance.
“Liam put the ball on the money,” Miller said. “Cody’s going to make a lot of big plays for us this year. I think he’s a (NCAA Division-I) receiver.”
After the touchdown, the Lakes defense came out with extra swagger.
The Rebels were forced to punt and Lakes found the endzone again a few plays later.
Bladow lofted the ball to Alex Dangtuw who pulled it down for the touchdown on a 35-yard route to the left side of the end zone. Bladow rifled it in to Kyreice Miller on a crossing route for the two-point conversion putting Lakes up 14-0.
Lakes didn’t let up.
With 5 minutes, 18 seconds left in third quarter, Bladow pitched it to Khalil Lewis who took it around the right side of Juanita’s defense down to the 2-yard line.
A couple plays later, Bladow handed it to Lewis again who ran it in from a half-yard out. The extra point was good and Lakes led 21-0.
The Lancers continued to punish the Rebels with the run, and Lewis had a big run to set up a field goal that put the Lancers up 24-0 late in the fourth quarter.
Trahan got some redemption with five minutes left in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard run that gave the Rebels their lone touchdown.