Lakeland celebrated its 50th football home opener in style last Friday night by pummeling the Fremont Eagles, 48-13.
A fumble on their first offensive play from scrimmage was about the only mistake the Lakers made in the first half. After forcing a second, three-and-out by the Fremont offense, Lakeland drove the ball 76 yards in six plays to net its first score of the night – a nine-yard run by sophomore Josh Collyer. Senior Marco Olivares tacked on the PAT kick.
The Laker defense tallied the next two touchdowns, both coming on pass interception returns. Senior cornerback Joel Miller scampered 34 yards to paydirt after picking off a Kaleb Hayes aerial. Moments later, senior safety Taylor Raatz grabbed an errant Hayes toss at the 24 and rambled in for a score.
Late in the opening quarter, Olivares drilled a 47-yard field goal to up the Laker lead to 24-0. The boot is a new LHS record.
Rushing touchdowns by Raatz (76 yards), senior Hunter Sams (24 yards) and senior Quinten Bender (two yards) in the second quarter pushed the Laker advantage to 45-0. Fremont got on the board late in the half on a nine-yard scoring toss from Hayes to Andrew LaRose. The PAT kick was blocked, leaving the score at 45-6 as the teams broke for halftime.
During the intermission, 13 members of the inaugural Lakeland football squad of 1964 were introduced, including head coach Jay Smith and his assistant, Eugene Potter. The Lakers went 3-1 during that first season with the wins coming over Churubusco, Howe Military and Concord. The loss was to New Haven.
Lakeland netted its only points of the second half on a 24-yard field goal by Olivares. Fremont capped the scoring in the fourth quarter when Nate Beatty busted loose on a 74-yard touchdown jaunt.
Raatz led the Lakeland ground attack with 112 yards on six totes. Senior quarterback William Kelly was 8-10 passing for 88 yards. Senior slotback Kyle Casper caught two of Kelly’s slings for 62 yards.
Senior linebacker Morgan Moore topped the Laker defense in tackles with nine. Senior tackle Nick Meek was in on six stops.
Beatty carried the ball 19 times for 206 yards to highlight the Fremont offense. Hayes finished 6-17 through the air for 39 yards.
Lakeland (2-0) travels to Central Noble (0-2) this Friday.
Scoring by quarters
FR 0 6 0 7 -13
LL 24 21 3 0 -48
LL—Josh Collyer nine-yard run, Marco Olivares kick
LL—Joel Miller 34-yard interception return, Olivares kick
LL—Taylor Raatz 24-yard interception return, Olivares kick
LL—Olivares 47-yard field goal
LL—Raatz 76-yard run, Olivares kick
LL—Hunter Sams 24-yard run, Olivares kick
LL—Quinten Bender two-yard run, Olivares kick
FR—Andrew LaRose nine-yard pass from Kaleb Hayes, kick blocked
LL—Olivares 24-yard field goal
FR—Nate Beatty 74-yard run, Jake Pelham kick
Total Offense 222 291
Rushing 183 203
Passing 39 88
First Downs 6 12
Turnovers 5 1
Penalties 11-80 1-12
FR—Beatty 19-206; Owen 1-4; A. Roebel 1-1; Z. Roebel 3-(-6); Hayes 6-(-11); Baker 5-(-11)
LL—Tay. Raatz 6-112; Sams 3-28; Bender 8-25; Roebel 7-15; Kelly 6-9; Wallace 1-8; Collyer 3-8; Evans 1-5; Troyer 1-1; Tan. Raatz 1-(-1); Christian 1-(-6)
FR—Hayes 6-17, 39
LL—Kelly 8-10, 88
FR-- Owen 1-13; Beatty 1-10; LaRose 1-9; Z. Roebel 1-6; Baker 1-1
LL—Casper 2-62; Petty 2-10; Bender 2-9; Fuller 1-4; Miller 1-3
FR—Baker 11.5; Maggart 6.0
LL—Moore 9.0; Meek 6.0; Garretson 3.5; Roebel 3.0