Call it the Lakes High comeback tour.
The Lancers, after two losing seasons, are back to their winning ways. On Friday night at Franklin Pierce Stadium, Lakes improved to 2-0 with a 46-7 victory over Franklin Pierce.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Lancers, ranked No. 7 in The News Tribune’s 3A football rankings, scored for four touchdowns before halftime, including two TD passes from quarterback Jaiave Magalei to junior running back Yisrael Stephens.
Magalei finished 203 yards on 16 for 26 attempts with four scores and two interceptions.
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The Cardinals, thanks to Lakes’ miscues, rallied in the third quarter. Senior linebacker Brad Ehrmann returned an errant screen pass 32 yards for a touchdown and Tanner Bloom recovered a Lancers’ fumble on Lakes’ next possession.
The rally ended much like the first half with Lakes scoring 21 unanswered points to close it out.
“We’re getting better. We still have a lot of things to clean up,” said Lakes coach Dave Miller. “Defensively, we scored a shutout. We gave them that pick six, which was unfortunate.”
Miller had praise for sophomore running back Melvin Miller, who was sick all week but came back to deliver a team-high 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
“He’s a really good player,” Miller said of the 5-foot-9 speedster. “He finds a lane and he’s gone.”
Franklin Pierce quarterback Willie Patterson finished with 71 yards passing. The sophomore also led the Cardinals with 25 yards on eight carries.
“The takeaway for us is we’ve got to quit the mental errors and mistakes,” said Franklin Pierce coach Howard Lutton. “The good news is, we competed across the board with them in the first quarter.”