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Defense, Running Game Power Sylvan-Lucas Past Lakeside

Sylvan-Lucas High SchoolSYLVAN GROVE-After two straight road games, the Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs returned home to Weatherman Field Friday evening.

With a severe weather threat looming, the decision was made Friday morning to move kickoff up two hours from the normal 7 p.m. start time to 5 p.m.  For Coach Ben Labertew's Mustangs, the earlier start time might have been a factor in the team's slow start, but thanks to a dominant running game and an opportunistic defense, Sylvan-Lucas turned on the steam and eventually pulled away for a 46-6 victory over Lakeside in a game that was called with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter due to lightning in the area.

After Lakeside was stopped on downs inside the Sylvan-Lucas 20-yard line on their opening drive, the Mustangs commited a rare turnover when Quarterback R.J. Haberer fumbled on the Knights 31-yard line.  However Sylvan-Lucas got the ball back when Beau Batchman, who later had an acrobatic interception, recovered a Lakeside fumble on the Mustang 39-yard line.  Six plays later, Sylvan-Lucas was on the board on a three-yeard run by Tyler Barrientes.  The two-point conversion made the score 8-0.  Lakeside answered with a three-yard run by Drew Cunningham but they missed the two-pointer to keep the Mustangs in the lead at 8-6.

On their next drive, Sylvan-Lucas extended the lead on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Haberer to Caiden Rivers and led 16-6 after the two-pionter.  In the second quarter, Owen Krueger finished off a six-play drive following another Lakeside fumble with a five-yard TD run and then blocked a Knights punt which Darren Ammon scooped up at the three-yard line and then dove in for a touchdown of his own, swelling the lead to 32-6.  Haberer then intercepted Lakeside Quarterback Caleb Hake and returned the ball to the Knights 33-yard line.  Five plays later, the Senior Quarterback found the end zone from five yards out and the two-pointer made the score 40-6.  After Barrientes returned another Lakeside fumble to the the Knights 12-yard line, Haberer needed just one play to score again and put the Mustangs up 46-6.

After the ensuing kickoff, the game was stopped at 5:59 p.m. with 2:44 left in the 2nd Quarter when lightning was spotted west of the field.  After a 30-minute wait, the game was called and Sylvan-Lucas improved its record to 6-0 and 2-0 in District play.  

The Mustangs rolled up 206 yards of total offense with 177 yards of that total amassed on the ground.  Krueger and Haberer each ran for 68 yards and combined for three scores.  The Sylvan-Lucas Defense forced five turnovers and held Lakeside (0-6) to 90 yards of total offense.

Sylvan-Lucas faces a big road test next Friday when they travel to Northern Valley which was a 70-0 winner at Wilson earlier Friday.  

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