Lake View defeated Johnsonville on Friday night improving their record for the season to 3-0. Here is a photo gallery by Craig Brown, sponsored by Chris Miller for Dillon County Council District Two.
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By Craig Brown
The Wild Gators of Lake View traveled to Johnsonville Friday night for a region match with the Golden Flashes. The Gators handily defeated the Flashes 30-20.
Although the score does not indicate it, The Gators were in complete control of this game scoring five touchdowns gaining 400 yards on the ground and 77 yards in the air holding the Flashes to just over 200 yards. Lake View’s only weakness in the game was its failure to convert the point after conversions. Johnsonville is by no means a weak class A team and was expected to give the Gators a battle.
Coach Daryl King and his coaching staff pressured by COVID 19 with few days to prepare for the season have put together a powerhouse under these abnormal conditions. This team is well-balanced on offense and defense and as talented as any Wild Gator team I have seen. A strong offensive line opens holes and blocks downfield for a super backfield lead by quarterback Derrick Bethea that is blessed with two of the best running backs in the state, Adarrian Dawkins and Ja’Correus Ford. When these backs need a break, Michael McInnis and Marquise Johnson step in without any loss of momentum.
The Flashes’ defense had a difficult time trying to guess who was going to get the ball.
On offense the Flashes had to contend with the relentless Gator defense lead by Jerrick Gilchrist, Michael McDaniel, Da’Correus Ford, Jamrion Monroe, Adarrian Dawkins, and Marquise Johnson. Twelve Lake View defenders are credited with tackles in this game.
Two of the Flashes’ touchdowns came from Lake View mistakes that likely would not have happened if the coaches had adequate time to prepare for the season.
As stated earlier Johnsonville is no pushover. Lake View is just that good.
It should also be noted that this game was slowed by a large number of penalty calls by the referees. In 20 years I have only seen one other game with more penalty flags thrown. The calls were legitimate but sometimes the referees had trouble sorting out the infractions. This was likely a new crew of officials.
The game started slowly with no scoring until four minutes remained in the first quarter. Gator quarterback Derrick Bethea found the end zone on a six-yard run. The conversion failed holding the Gator lead to 6-0 with the first quarter ending with this score.
Midway in the second quarter, Ja’Correus Ford put the Wild Gators up 12-0 on a two-yard run. The conversion failed. With 6:25 left in the second quarter it was Lake View 12, Johnsonville 0.
Following the Gator score the Flashes put together a successful drive that ended with Flashes’ quarterback Malik Shippy hitting receiver Naitrell Shaw with a 17-yard touchdown pass. Shaw added the two-point conversion to cut the Wild Gator lead to 12-8 with 4:44 left in the second quarter. The first half would end with this score.
The Gators got the kickoff to start the third quarter. Hindered by penalty flags Michael McInnis finished to long drive on a nine-yard run. The conversion failed but the Gator lead was increased to 18-8 with 8:51 left in the third quarter.
The Flashes started their first drive of the quarter on their own 35-yard line. The entire Wild Gator defense must have charged into the Flashes backfield on first down as running back Daquan Burroughs crossed the line of scrimmage and found no Lake View defenders in his path and he raced 65 yards untouched for a Flashes’ touchdown. The conversion failed but the Wild Gator lead was cut to 18-14 with 8:37 left in the third quarter.
Following the Flashes kick, J. Ford demonstrated that he could run long distance, too, as he finished the drive with a 43-yard touchdown. The conversion failed holding the Lake View lead to 26-14 with 6:03 left in the third quarter.
With 52 seconds left in the third quarter J. Ford picked up his third touchdown from six yards out. The conversion failed holding the Wild Gator lead to 30-14.
Lake View kicker, Arkadius Benjamin booted the ball to the Flashes’ 28-yard line where it was fielded by Shaw. Aided by some good blocking and some Gators out of position, Shaw took it all the way for the 72-yard touchdown. The conversion failed but the Wild Gator lead was cut to 30-20 with the quarter ending with this score.
The fourth quarter was a penalty-ridden defensive battle that yielded no additional scoring with the game ending with Lake View taking the hard fought 30–20 region win.
On offense for the Wild Gators, Ja’Correus Ford had 160 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns, Adarrian Dawkins had 127 yards on 18 carries and caught a pass for 37 yards, Derrick Bethea was two of four passing for 77 yards adding 21 yards rushing with a touchdown, Marquise Johnson had 53 yards on four carries, Michael McInnis had 39 yards on 5 carries with a touchdown , a tackle, and an interception, and Raejon Rogers caught a 40-yard pass.
On defense for the Gators, Jerrick Gilchrist had 13 tackles with a quarterback sack, Adarrian Dawkins had eight tackles, Michael McDaniel had seven tackles, Da’Corrius Ford and Marquise Johnson had five tackles each, Jamrion Monroe and Arkadius Benjamin had four tackles each, TrevonBellmon had three tackles, Braxton Dimmery had two tackles, and Braylon Worley and Josh Gilchrist added a tackle each.