Lakeview shuts out Sharpsville
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
by Mark Schaas
Blake Reddick became the all-time leading rusher in District 10 and the Lakeview Sailors claimed their first ever district title with a dominating 27-0 victory over the Sharpsville Blue Devils at Wilmington High school on Friday night. The Blue Devils were the two time Class A district champions and were looking to become the third team to win three straight titles.
Reddick ran for 148 yards on 23 carries, giving the senior 6,314 career yards, besting the 6,241 mark set by Sharon’s T.J. Phillips in 1999. He broke the record with a 24 yard run with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter. Reddick also is the single season rushing leader in the district with 2,740 yards, his three scores gave him 33 touchdowns on the season.
The win for the Sailors was the second over the Blue Devils this season, with a 19-13 victory in Week 8 that wasn’t decided until the final play.
Lakeview forced five turnovers on a blustery rainy night, with wind gusts over 25 mph. The wind was blowing so hard at one point that the officials had to hold the ball in place prior to the offense breaking the huddle to keep it from shifting.
The game was scoreless until the second quarter with Lakeview not able to take advantage of a bad Sharpsville punt snap in the opening period. The Blue Devils could not score on a 13 play drive with Logan Eckles fumbling at the Sailors 24 and Austin Rice recovering. After a punt, Lakeview forced the second turnover of the night, Reddick made his 7th interception of the season, picking off freshman Luke Henwood’s pass. He scored four plays later on a 25 yard run. The Sailors took the 7-0 lead into the locker room.
Sharpsville turned the ball over again as Tyrin Peavy was spun down at his own 28. Zach Van Dusen pounced on the loose ball to set up Reddick’s record breaking run to the 4. It took Lakeview all four chances to go in for the score, with Reddick on a two yard run off right tackle. The Blue Devils fumbled again. Sam Breeze picked up the football and set up a Reddick 15 yard run for the second Lakeview score in a 1:23 span. Marquis Spence added a three yard touchdown with 2:50 remaining in the game, capping a 13 play drive.
Reddick told reporters after the game that he was on top of the world with the win and breaking the rushing record. Several of the Lakeview starters are members of the basketball team, which was denied a district crown with a five overtime loss in the 2013 title game to West Middlesex. Van Dusen said he was happy, especially after what happened in that game, that the Sailors are looking forward to making a run and having practice on Thanksgiving Day.
The Sailors had just 163 yards rushing and 211 yards of offense, but held Sharpsville to just 111 yards of offense, business as usual for a defense that has only given up 93 points all season.
Lakeview is now 11-1 overall and winners of eight straight games. The Sailors will meet either Clarion or Redbank Valley in the PIAA playoffs next weekend. Those two teams meet Saturday night at Dubois.
Sharpsville ends the season at 8-5. The Blue Devils return 6 of 11 offensive starters for next season, possibly making Sharpsville an early favorite for a 9th D-10 title and 15th title game appearance.
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