Lakeside allowed its first points of the season Friday, but not much else.
The Panthers blocked two punts and produced a pair of key defensive stands to beat county foe Harlem 43-7. Lakeside extended its undefeated start to four games.
A botched Panthers snap in the end zone led to the Bulldogs' only points.
"Our coach just stared at our quarterback, smiled and said, 'Come on,'" senior Chris Tynan said.
The Panthers (4-0, 4-0 Region 3-AAAA) produced their highest point total of the season, thanks in large part to quarterback Ben Wilson.
Wilson, who sat out the week before with a concussion, threw for two scores and ran for another. The junior finished with 216 passing yards and 51 more on the ground. His night was filled with lengthy passing plays, as he hooked up with his receivers on seven different completions of at least 27 yards.
Lakeside receiver Ben Brooks led the way with two receptions for 72 yards, while Mark Weidenaar added two catches for 54 yards.
"We just have that chemistry," Wilson said of his receiving corps. "They're so athletic. I can just throw it up there, and they will catch it."
The Panthers' defensive effort strengthened throughout the game. Lakeside allowed just 39 yards and one first down in the second half.
"We think we have the fastest defense in the region," Tynan said. "We might not be the strongest, but we're the fastest."
Harlem managed 114 rushing yards on its first two drives, but the attack stalled inside the Lakeside 10-yard line. Senior quarterback Zach Morris rushed 18 times for 73 yards, but threw for 15 yards and tossed an interception.
The Bulldogs got their lone touchdown early in the second quarter when Domonique Taylor recovered a botched snap in the end zone.
That tied the game at 7, but Chris Hartfield's 2-yard touchdown run minutes later put the Panthers ahead for good. Hartfield had just two carries for 3 yards, but he scored a touchdown on both runs.
Ricky McMurtrey started the scoring for Lakeside with a 2-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter, and he added a 27-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
Senior Khadi Tshishiku had the Panthers' lone interception and produced one of Lakeside's two blocked punts.
Correspondent Justin Williams contributed to this story.
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