Despite missing its starting quarterback and running back, Carvers Bay had plenty of chances against Lake View on Friday night.
The Bears turned the ball over six times - including four that occurred in the red zone - in a 7-0 loss to the Wild Gators.
"We made too many mistakes to win," Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said. "We had six turnovers. You can't win with those. You just have got to finish the drill and limit our mistakes. Right now, I think we've got to get out of our own way to be a good team."
Missing senior quarterback Desmond Grate - who is recovering from a concussion - and the area's second-leading rusher, Tevin Richard - who is out three to four weeks with a broken bone in his foot - didn't help the Bears' cause. However, Thompson refuses to use that as an excuse.
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"I don't want to put it on that. That's just not my style," Thompson said. "You've got to play with what you got out there."
Chris Ford scored the Wild Gators' lone touchdown from a yard out in the second quarter as Lake View improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Region VIII-A. The loss dropped the Bears to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the region.
The Bears nearly tied the game in the second quarter, but Quae'Shawn Brockington was stopped at the 1-yard line on fourth down.
"It was just one error after another when we got in the red zone," Thompson said. "We've got to do a better job in the red zone. [The defense] rose to the occasion. They played hard. We made too many mistakes on the other [side of the ball]. We've just got to work a little harder."
Despite his team's shortcomings, Thompson gave credit to the Wild Gators.
"I think Lake View played a great game. They played hard," Thompson said. "They limited their mistakes. My hat's off to them.
"We've just got to go back and get ready on Monday ... go back to the drawing board and limit our mistakes."
Brockington ran for 132 yards in the loss.
(At) Johnsonville 18, Green Sea Floyds 14 | Trailing by four points in the waning minutes, the Trojans got the ball into Johnsonville territory but came up short.
Despite the loss, Green Sea Floyds coach Joey Still said he is proud of how his team is improving each week.
"We played [Johnsonville] real tough," Still said. "We played a rough first half. We just made too many mistakes in the first half. I think we played a very good second half."
The Trojans fell to 3-3 and 1-2 in Region VIII-A, while Johnsonville improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the region.
"We executed our game plan. We played well defensively. We moved the ball well at times," Still said. "The biggest thing for us is we're getting better each week. We've got no returning starters from last season. I'm proud of how they're coming along, working hard and have a positive attitude."
The Trojans face region foe Carvers Bay next week. The Bears struggled with turnovers Friday and, coincidentally, Still said turnovers likely will be the key when the teams play.
"I think they're a lot like us - what they do offensively and defensively," Still said. "I think it's going to come down to execution. Whoever makes the most mistakes will probably end up losing the football game."
Dillon 49, (at) Aynor 7 | The Blue Jackets had the Wildcats fooled for a quarter. But it didn't take long for the two-time defending Class AA champions to catch on to the Aynor's double wing offense.
The teams played to a 7-all draw after one quarter before Dillon pulled away.
"They're as good a team as I've ever seen," Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. "I don't if our kids could have played any harder than they did tonight. I think we just kind of confused them with double wing offense. But they caught on to it."
Trailing 21-7 at halftime, the Blue Jackets opened the second half with an onside kick but failed to recover.
"We played with great effort tonight," Jenerette said. "Devante Kinlaw played maybe his best game since he's been here at Aynor. You may not see it in the stats, but he was tough, played both ways and did a great job."
Dillon improved to 6-0 and Aynor fell to 3-3 in the Region VIII-AA opener for both schools.
"They can do anything they want to do any time they want to do it," Jenerette said of Dillon. "They're just fast and big and a great football team. There's a reason they've got back-to-back state championships. I'd be shocked if they don't get another one [this year]."
The Blue Jackets next play region foe Marion, which lost a 27-21 heartbreaker to Loris in overtime Friday.
"They're going to be very fast. I don't think they'll be as big as Dillon was," Jenerette said of the Swamp Foxes. "We'll just try to hold the ball, keep the clock ticking and get to the fourth quarter."