The Stevensville Lakeshore Lancers took on Battle Creek Central in a SMAC contest on Friday night. A hot start was enough for Lakeshore to capture a 21-13 victory.
In the first quarter, the Lancers scored all 21 points. Just seventy-five seconds into the action, they got on the board. Andrew Lies powered his way into the end zone from a yard out, and Tyler Gates booted the extra point. Two minutes later, Lies made an impact on defense, stepping in front of a pass and racing 41 yards for the score. On their ensuing offensive drive, Ryan Korfmacher found Trevor Griffiths on a 60-yard strike, pushing Lakeshore ahead 21-0 just six minutes into the ball game.
Both offenses would settle, and there was no scoring for the remainder of the first half. Three minutes into the third quarter, Battle Creek Central finally broke through. Asael Adon reeled off a 13-yard run, trimming the Lancers lead to fourteen points, 21-7.
In the final frame, the Bearcats struck again. Devoine Newton tossed the ball to Melvin Nelson, who made his way through the Lakeshore defense for a 24-yard score. A failed extra point left BCC behind by eight points. Over the final nine minutes, Lakeshore was able to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard, putting the Lancers in the win column.
Battle Creek Central outgained Lakeshore 272-230 in this game. Three turnovers, two interceptions and a lost fumble, cost BCC tremendously in this game. Asael Adon led the rushing attack with 72 yards, while Devoine Newton was 18/33 for 190 yards.
Stevensville Lakeshore saw Ryan Korfmacher finish 6/12 for 108 yards. Andrew Lies had the rushing touchdown, but Andrew Dotson led the rushing attack with 72 yards on the ground.
Lakeshore, now in a three-way tie atop the SMAC with Portage Central and St Joseph, will take on the rival Bears next week. Battle Creek Central is also in a rivalry showdown, as they take on the Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants.