SIBLEY — The Lakeside Warriors remained the hottest football team in Webster Parish as they improved their record to 3-1 with a 33-28 win over Montgomery Friday night in Sibley.
The Warriors led for most of the game, but Montgomery took a late 28-27 lead, before Lakeside scored with 55 seconds left in the game to get the exciting win.
"It feels good," Lakeside head coach Terrence Quarles said when asked how it feels to be 3-1. "The atmosphere at the game was great. There was more excitement this Friday night than anytime since I've been here. I looked around a couple of times and the fans in the stands were on their feet, hollering and cheering, and then I looked down the fence row and they were all in to it and excited, and I thought, is this Lakeside? I just hope we can keep this going."
The Warriors can keep that feeling going if they continue to get solid efforts on offense and defense like they did in this game.
"It was a great effort by the kids, and I want to commend them for that," Quarles said. "They hung in there when we got behind and didn't give up. They fought back and it was just an awesome night."
Lakeside scored early and took a 19-7 halftime lead. Montgomery began to heat up in the second half, and the two teams traded the lead until the Warriors scored the last touchdown and held on to win.
"We came out hot on the first drive and only took three plays to score," Quarles said. "We had a real good feeling about the game at that time. We came out a little flat in the second half, and Montgomery came out motivated to score and they managed to close the gap."
The game really tightened up mid-way through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors were able to take control of the game.
"With about eight minutes left in the game, it really heated up," Quarles said. "The lead changed hands a couple of times, but we were able to come back and capitalize and a couple of good kick off returns and then scored the go-ahead touchdown with about 55 second left. Then we managed to run out the clock at the end."
The Warriors continued to spread the wealth on offense, as a number of players contributed to the win.
Runner/receiver Chris Lewis scored two touchdowns and gained 53 yards on the ground and caught three passes for 29 yards. James Limosnero lead the team with 60 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries. He also caught one pass for 24 yards. Quarterback Cody Poe completed seven of 13 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
All-purpose athlete Jerrell Tellis did a little bit of everything for the Warriors. He caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, and he had seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for another touchdown.
Jecorey Lathan led the team with 15 tackles and Tarus Erving and Roy Doyle both had nine tackles. Rodney Jenkins and Demecius Grigsby both added seven tackles each.
"We kept our composure and focus and just went and did what we had to do to win," Quarles said. "The guys hung there and rallied together as a team. That's something we've worked on this year, to win as a team rather than as individuals. And it's beginning to unfold. We have a lot of leadership being shown out there and it's just awesome."
The Warriors will look to move to 4-1 this Friday night as they host a tough Arcadia team in their annual Homecoming Game.