Lakeview football team downs South Lake in OT
ST. CLAIR SHORES — As soon as kicker Anthony Kouri's extra point soared through the uprights, the St. Clair Shores Lakeview football team and its crowd erupted — that one point sealed the Huskies' 22-21 win over city rival St. Clair Shores South Lake Sept. 27.
To set up that game-winning score, Lakeview junior quarterback Caleb Stump found the end zone on a 10-yard run on the Huskies' first play of overtime. Lakeview needed the score to keep pace with the Cavaliers, who took a 21-15 lead on a 10-yard scamper by sophomore running back Martell Pettaway on the first play of the extra session. South Lake sophomore Sydney Pelt's PAT fell just short of the crossbar, setting the stage for Lakeview's winning score.
"Our kids played a heck of a ball game," Huskies coach Rob Wozniak said. "They played the best defense they've played all year. I couldn't be more proud of them."
The win gave Lakeview (1-4, 0-2 Macomb Area Conference Gold Division) its first of the season. The loss is the second straight for the Cavaliers (3-2, 1-1 MAC Silver). The Sept. 27 win was the first for the Huskies over South Lake since 2009. The 22 points Lakeview scored were 13 points above its season average. South Lake score seven less points than it has averaged this season.
As exciting as the conclusion was, the contest won't be referred to as the most aesthetically pleasing. South Lake held a 7-2 lead late in the third quarter and no offensive points had been scored. Pettaway returned an interception 14 yards to put the Cavs up 7-0 with 4:41 left in the first half.
Lakeview junior linebacker Zach Brush, rushing in on a weakside blitz, dropped South Lake junior quarterback Parashaun Cunegin in the end zone for a safety with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter to make it 7-2. Huskies junior quarterback Derek Austin's 5-yard score with 1:50 left in the third put Lakeview up 9-7. A 4-yard rush TD from Huskies senior fullback Wes Peterson gave the Huskies a 15-7 lead with 3:17 left in regulation. Powell's missed PAT gave South Lake life and the Cavs tied the game at 15 with 1:05 remaining in the fourth when freshman quarterback Datrell Milling hit senior wide receiver Damaris Heard for a 27-yard score.
"Give (Lakeview) credit. They came out and played really hard," South Lake coach Nick Marrogy said. "We had the ball three or four times inside the red zone and we couldn't punch it in. Not to take anythign away from them, but we didn't play our game. We kind of fell into their trap."
Marrogy said he thought about going for two after the Cavs' scored in overtime. He said he decided to put the game in the hands of the South Lake defense, since, Marrogy said, the unit kept his team in the game. Lakeview managed just 93 yards of offense in its win. South Lake had 170 yards of offense in the game.
"I'm just so happy for our kids," Wozniak said. "They needed this one to get to a point where they could start believing again because we had a rough first four weeks," Wozniak said. "This was the first time all year we played 48 minutes."
Lakeview next will play Marine City in a matchup set for 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Marine City.
South Lake will host Clawson at 7 p.m. Oct. 4.