CAMPTI—The Lakeside Warriors beat Lakeview, 36-31 Friday to improve to 2-0. But head coach Joey Pesses doesn't want his team to rest on that.
"We're 2-0 for what that's worth," Pesses said with a laugh. "Being 2-0 is better than being 0-2, but we have a long way to go."
That said, Pesses couldn't be happier with his team.
"I'm really proud of the kids," he said. "The last two weeks we've been out-matched size-wise, number-wise and talent-wise and the kids have really responded. We have 26 kids on this team, and that means everybody has to play and contribute, and that's what they did. They busted their tails and played hard. We'll make some mistakes along the way, but through effort we can do stuff with that."
Chris lewis had another outstanding day for the Warriors as he carried the ball 19 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including a 57-yard run. He also returned three kicks for 141 yards and two more touchdowns (one on a punt return, the other on a kick-off).
"Chris had another nice game," Pesses said. "But his special team returns were set up by the other 10 players on the field with him. We blocked both returns very well, and Chris' speed never hurts. All 11 kids did their jobs on those returns, and that was nice."
Starting quarterback Clayton Festavan improved his record to 2-0 as a starter as he completed eight of 17 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also ran eight times for 43 yards.
"Clayton is a great athlete," Pesses said. "And he's a great leader. When he makes a mistake, he steps up and says 'that's on me.' That's big for a freshman. He's a big-time leader."
Cameron Corley caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown and Dakota Shinall caught three two-point conversions.
But it wasn't all offense and special teams, Pesses felt his defense did their job as well.
"Our defense played much better than last week," he said. And getting the turnovers we did really made a difference, they were big."
Chase Woodall led the defense with 10 tackles a forced fumble and an interception, and Thomas Lambert added 10 tackles a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The warriors will enjoy being 2-0 and then will get back to work on Monday as things will only get tougher as they head Parkway this Friday night.