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Lakeside quarterback Mark Weidenaar is brought down by the Greenbrier defense in the first quarter. Weidenaar was 13-for-19 passing and ran for yards.

Lakeside dominates Greenbrier yet again

Posted: October 5, 2011 - 3:04pm
Greenbrier's Jahvon Hardrick tries to evade the Greenbrier defense for a gain in the second quarter.  Jim Blaylock / Staff
Jim Blaylock / Staff
Greenbrier's Jahvon Hardrick tries to evade the Greenbrier defense for a gain in the second quarter.

When everything was said and done Friday night, one statistic loomed largest from Lakeside High School's 34-17 road victory over Greenbrier:

The Panthers ran 83 offensive plays to the Wolfpack's 44.

It stemmed from Lakeside controlling the line of scrimmage throughout and also winning the turnover battle -- committing just one, but forcing three.

"We put pressure on the quarterback; we put pressure on the running back," senior defensive end Sean Gaddy said of a strong defensive front for the Panthers.

"It's a lot of fun when all of the defensive line is on the same page."

As Lakeside gathered to celebrate a win over its Columbia County and Region 2-AAAA North rival, head coach Jarrett Troxler was quick to remind his players of the recent history in the series.

This group of seniors, and the rest of the Panthers, have never lost to the Wolfpack.

"It's huge," Troxler said. "It's big anytime you beat a rival."

To earn this particular victory, Lakeside relied on its fast-paced, no-huddle offense that steadily picked up yardage all night.

Though Greenbrier (2-3, 0-1) had all of the momentum entering halftime after Jahvon Hardrick's late 65-yard touchdown jaunt, Lakeside (2-4, 1-1) was undeterred.

The Panthers had piled up 14 first downs in the first half, and they continued the process after halftime. They finished the night with 25 first downs, most of them coming from senior Johnathon Long.

The Panthers' workhorse had 27 carries for 120 yards, and seemed to get stronger in the third quarter.

"Every time we face an opponent, the defense gets tired with our no-huddle," said Long, who scored a pair of first-half touchdowns. "We keep it simple; that's what we like to do. We like to stay fast and steady."

Up 20-17 at the half, Lakeside scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns -- a 14-yard run by quarterback Mark Weidenaar, and a 5-yard pass from Weidenaar to fellow senior Eamon Diehl.

Weidenaar shook off an early interception by Thomas Brown to finish 13-for-19 passing for 116 yards. He also ran for 75 yards.

Meanwhile, the Panthers' defense had a dominant second half. They held Greenbrier to 18 yards and just one first down after halftime.

As the game opened, the Wolfpack ended a bit of recent scoreless history against the Panthers.

Not having scored in the past two matchups in the series, Greenbrier got on the board less than two minutes in on Cody Turner's 1-yard quarterback sneak.

It was set up by Hardrick's 51-yard run to the 1-yard line.

That long run, along with his 65-yard touchdown score, were the only big plays for the Wolfpack.

Hardrick had 137 yards on 28 carries, but had only 2 yards after the half.

Greenbrier, which had only 165 total yards and 34 passing yards, had three turnovers -- two lost fumbles and an interception.

"Lakeside's D-line is pretty big, pretty tough, and they're pretty good," Hardrick said. "Our O-line did the best they could."

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