There was a shutout pitched at Carvers Bay on Friday night, but it came from an unlikely group of defenders.
The Lake View Wild Gators, after giving up 26 points to a struggling Green Sea-Floyds squad two weeks ago, blanked Carvers Bay 14-0 in a key Region VIII-A matchup that ended the Bears’ three-game winning streak in which they did not give up a single point. Lake View’s victory was not a big surprise, but its ability to keep the Bears scoreless was hard to predict.
“We challenged them the past few weeks,” Lake View coach Daryl King said of his squad. “We had to keep improving after that Green Sea game. They have come through. It is just a step, and hopefully we keep getting better.”
The turning point came in the third quarter when the Bears controlled the ball for all but 1:23 of the quarter but could not score. Carvers Bay opened the quarter with a 14-play drive that ended at the Lake View 22 when Calvin Miller could not pull in a pass from Isreal Davis at the goal line on a fourth-down play. On the next play, Lake View quarterback Weston Rogers mishandled a handoff attempt, and the Bears recovered at the Wild Gators’ 16. But Carvers Bay could only gain three yards on four plays to give the ball back to Lake View.
“It is tough,” Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said of the missed opportunities in the third quarter. “Our kids, they are coming. It is just, you can’t say they are inexperienced – it is our seventh game. We are just not doing the things we need to do. Offensively, we have to move the ball and we have to score. And we are not doing that right now.”
Still, the Bears forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Lake View punted for the first and only time of the night. Yet, on second down, Davis was picked off near midfield and all the momentum the Bears appeared to have from dominating the third quarter was lost. From there, Lake View drove 59 yards on nine plays and scored on a 10-yard run by Duane Nichols. Rogers ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-0 midway through the final quarter to end the Bears’ hope of a comeback.
“These kids are beginning to believe in themselves,” Thompson said. “But you can’t live on tradition, you have to make some tradition.”
Lake View (6-2, 3-0 Region VIII-A) dominated much of the first half when it outgained the Bears 154-60 in total yards. Each of the Wild Gators’ first three drives of the game moved well into Carvers Bay territory, but each time the Bears (3-5, 2-1) were able to come up with a stop. Lake View finally broke through on its fourth possession. Facing a 3rd-and-20, Rogers connected with Nichols for a 48-yard completion down to the Bears’ 18-yard line. On the next play, Christian McDaniel broke free for an 18-yard scoring run that ended Carvers Bay’s nearly month-long shutout streak. The Bears hadn’t allowed a score since a 31-14 loss to Georgetown on Sept. 19.
“We gave up two big plays, and you can’t do that against a team like Lake View,” Thompson said. “I think defensively we played pretty good. A lot of people don’t realize Lake View has got tradition and history, too. We gave up a big pass play, and we gave up a big run play, and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
Lake View had 228 yards off offense led by McDaniel who had 91 yards rushing on 14 carries. Nichols added 61 yards on the ground.
“Carvers Bay is a real good football team,” King said. “They are physical up front, and the defensive line is tremendous. I am proud of our kids, the way they played and the way they battled. It was a good effort.”
Carvers Bay was held to 105 yards of offense led by Davis with 58 yards rushing, but the senior signal-caller also threw two interceptions in the second half.
“I think offensively, we just got to get a little more physical, and just do the little things,” Thompson said. “ We are going to try to make the playoffs. These next two ballgames (against Latta and Hemingway) are going to determine whether we make it or go home.”
Carvers Bay hosts Latta next week while Lake View hosts Hemingway.
LV—Christian McDaniel 18 run (run failed), 1:30
LV—Duane Nichols 21 run (Weston Rogers run), 5:23
Lake View, Reco Brown 6-14, Duane Nichols 14-61, Christian McDaniel 14-91, Weston Rogers 5-8, Jeremy Moody 1-0, Randall Washington 2-6. Carvers Bay, Isreal Davis 10-58, Terry Bromell 10-14, Aaron Cochran 3-4, Calvin Miller 7-22, Brandon Young 1-1, Marquese Goss 3-10, Edjuan Judge 1-(-14).•PASSING:
Lake View, Rogers 1-1-0-48. Carvers Bay, Isreal Davis 1-9-2-8, Judge 0-1-0-0.
Lake View, Nichols 1-48. Carvers Bay, Izeal Davis 1-8.