Dillon defeated Lake View, but not without a scare in the first quarter. Here is a photo gallery sponsored in part by Tracy Pelt For Dillon County Sheriff…
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By Lonnie Turner
It took less than three minutes for the Lake View Wild Gators to do something that Purnell Swett and Latta couldn’t do Monday night…taking advantage of a Wildcat fumble in Gator territory, Da’Correus Ford picked up the loose ball and outran the Dillon secondary to score the first points on the undefeated Wildcats with a 64-yard return for a touchdown.
The lead was short-lived as the Wildcats took the ensuing kick off and put together nine running plays to go 61 yards and senior signal caller Jay Lester threw a 9-yard pass to Quashod Singleton to tie the game at 6-6. Place kicker Kavi Patel was perfect with his first of six extra point kicks to put the Cats up, 7-6.
Dillon kicked off a fumble on the return put the ball back into the hands of the Wildcat offense at the Wild Gator 27-yard line. Aided by an off side penalty, the Cats were back in the Lake View end zone in four plays with running back Nemo Squire going the final four yards for his first of two touchdowns. Patel’s kick gave Dillon a 14-6 lead.
On the first offensive set for the Wild Gators, starting at the five-minute mark on the scoreboard clock, Ja’Correus Ford, the identical twin of Da’Correus, took the first handoff of the drive and ran 25 yards for a first down and a tackle out of bounds, added 15 more yards. The Wildcats defense stiffened and the drive ended at the Dillon 29 on an incomplete pass.
Lester teamed up with Singleton again to set up a third touchdown for the Cats with a 54-yard pass to the Lake View 6. Two plays later, Squire and Patel gave the Wildcats a 21-6 bulge with less than a minute to go in the first quarter.
On the opening drive of the second quarter, Lake View, led by the running of quarterback Adarrian Dawkins and Ja’Correus Ford, marched 52 yards to score the first touchdown allowed by the Dillon defense in 2019. Ford plowed up the middle for 9 yards and the score. For the second time, the run for the two-point conversion failed when Michael McInnis was stopped at the Dillon one.
Dillon scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter on passes from Lester to BoBo McKinnon that covered 17 and 53 yards, giving the quarterback 172 yards in the first half on nine of eleven pass attempts. Singleton was the leading receiver with nine catches totaling 136 yards and McKinnon caught three for 81, including two touchdowns.
The Wild Gators controlled the ball for all but four plays in the third quarter. A 58-yard drive was stopped at the Dillon 10 on the 14th play of the drive.
The Wildcats took over and went the distance to the Lake View end-zone in seven plays with Nigel George going the final 32 yards with the final score giving the Wildcats the third win of the season.
Dawkins led the rushing with 52 yards in 16 carries for the Wild Gators and Ja’Correus Ford carried 11 times for 43 net yards, including one touchdown.
The Wildcats will have the week off before hosting the Marlboro County Bull Dogs on September 27.