Not too much went right for Lakeside Friday night.
The Panthers hoped to jump out to a quick start facing Region 2-AAAAA foe Northside Warner Robins in both teams’ first region game.
Lakeside called a reverse pass on the game’s first play, but it was picked off by the Eagles’ Marquez Moore who turned it into six points 55 yards later.
It would go downhill from there as the Eagles romped to a 56-0 victory.
“We repped it all week long,” said Panthers head coach Jarrett Troxler of the first pass. “It’s one of those gambles, if we hit it, we’re in the ballgame, and it went the other way for us.”
The Eagles’ (4-0, 1-0 region) defense was far from done, however, as Darius Holmes picked off a Tanner Brassell pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown with 2:37 left in the first quarter and then took one back 25 yards off Tom Proctor, extending the lead to 35-0.
“We were disappointed with our defensive performance last time we played,” said Eagles head coach Kevin Kinsler. “We take pride in our defense and we wanted to set the tone.”
The Eagles’ defense also sacked Brassell and recovered a fumble at the Panthers’ 10-yard line, turning it into a Keshun Hill five-yard touchdown run and bringing the score to 42-0 with 4:54 left in the half.
“You throw the three pick-six and fumble inside the five against Northside Warner Robins, you ain’t got a chance, much less anybody else,” Troxler said.
The Panthers had a spark of life near the end of the first half, starting at their own 20 with 4:52 to go.
They got to the Eagles’2-yard line with under 10 seconds to play, but Josh Jones was stopped on a run, and with no timeouts, the clock ran out.
The Panthers did a good job defensively in the first half, but by game’s end they had allowed 202 rushing yards as the Eagles did not attempt a pass after halftime.
The Eagles tacked on two third-quarter touchdowns before going to their bench.
“We might have just played the state champions,” Troxler said.