SIBLEY—Lakeside finally played at home after five-straight road games, but it wasn't a happy homecoming as the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers beat the Warriors, 62-12.
The Warriors were already at a disadvantage when the game started. They were without two injured starters including starting quarterback Clayton Festavan.
"We started off without all our players and then we lost our middle linebacker and running back right off the bat," Lakeside head coach Joey Pesses said. "Then our center went down, so it was like musical chairs out there the way we had to move kids around. I couldn't keep track of who we moved where. But the kids played hard and gave it all they had."
Thomas Lambert was moved into the starting lineup at quarterback replacing Festavan.
"I thought Thomas stepped in and played well," Pesses said. "We put a package in that would benefit him, and he really did a good job. I was very pleased with the way he played."
Lambert had a rushing touchdown in the game for the Warriors, and Dakota Shinall had a long interception return for the other touchdown.
Despite the loss, Pesses said his team will be able to pull some good things out of the game.
"The kids were giving it their all," he said. "When we had to move kids around, the ones that were out there were able to move to different positions because they know our scheme. So it was good to see that they were able to just step up and play. We had a few more injuries, but we don't believe they will be too serious. We'll have to wait until later in the week to see just how long kids will be out. But I was real proud of the kids and with the effort they gave, they never gave up."
Lakeside will play at home again this Friday night as they host Homer in their annual Homecoming game.