MONROE-The Lakeside Warriors suffered a pair of tough losses on Friday night.
First of all, the Warriors lost to the Sterlington Panthers, 46-6, but more importantly they also lost their staring quarterback Clayton Festavan to injury. Festavan was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter and taken to a local hospital for observation. Festavan checked out ok, but is likely out a couple of weeks.
"It was a really scary moment when Clayton got hurt," Lakeside head coach Joey Pesses said. "He was out for a bit and then they had to cart him off. It was a scary moment for all of us and I really think it effected the team. We want to be a family out there, and when something like that happens, it really takes the wind out of your sails."
Pesses said he understands the effect the injury had on his team, but wants his team to learn to overcome setbacks.
"We'll use this as a learning experience," he said. "Before they took him to the hospital, Clayton asked me about playing this week and he gave me the thumb's up. That's the kind of kid he is. His absence hurt us on the field and we need to learn to overcome things like that."
Sterlington jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and then led 38-0 at the half. The Warriors scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a long touchdown run by Chris lewis.
"Sterlington is a lot like Montgomery and Parkway," Pesses said. "They're strong and physical teams that attack on both sides of the ball. That's what we talked about after the game, we have to be more physical. We have to get into the weight room and stay there."
Pesses said his team made too many mistakes, but that he was pleased with the effort they showed.
"The kids played hard all the way through," he said. "We just missed too many tackles and other mistakes and fell behind. We were just over-matched. In those kind of situations we need to keep playing hard and follow our game plan and try to get better. And that's what the kids did."
One bit of good news for the Warriors is that after five straight road games, the Warriors will play at home this Friday night when they host Jonesboro-Hodge.
"I actually had to wash and dry the home jersies because they had dust all over them," Pesses joked. "We're excited about playing at home again. We're going to have an obstacle to overcome with Clayton being out, but I think this team will respond. I always tell the kids to find someone or something to play for. You're always playing for your teammates, your school and your community. But sometimes you need to play for something else also. We need to play for Clayton because he would give anything to be back out there."
The Lakeside Booster Club is selling blue t-shirts with their new logo, and Pesses is encouraging everyone to buy one and wear them to all the remaining home games.