Lakview Academy downs NCC
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Correspondent
October 16, 2010 12:00 AM | 1729 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW - Four turnovers and unsuccessful third-down conversion attempts haunted North Cobb Christian all afternoon as the Eagles fell to Lakeview Academy 49-21 at Eagle Field on Friday.

The miscue tone was set early as the Eagles fumbled the ball on their first play from scrimmage. Lakeview Academy (2-5) took advantage with a 37-yard touchdown run by Nick Drury on the ensuing drive for a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes to play in the first quarter.

North Cobb Christian (2-6) responded with a 10-play, 4:39 drive on its next possession which ended on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Alex Ho-On to Rod Mitchell to tie the score at 7-7 to end the first quarter.

The Eagles turned the ball over again in the second quarter with 6:19 left in the half when Christian Hunt lost a fumble that was recovered by the Lions. Lakewood Academy proceeded to score on its next possession, an 11-yard run by Drury, to take a 13-7 lead.

Drury would finish the contest with a game-high five touchdowns and 183 yards rushing.

The Lions started the second half with a 25-yard run by Jackson Wells to extend the lead to 27-7, with 10:46 left in the third quarter.

"This was the best collective effort that we've had as a team all season," said Lakewood Academy head coach Matthew Gruhn. "North Cobb Christian is a quality football team because they can score at anytime. I'm happy with how our guys responded to their push in the second half."

North Cobb Christian did come back with a touchdown of its own, this time courtesy of a 43-yard touchdown pass from Ho-On to Corey Harris, to cut the lead to 27-14 at the 9:38 mark of the third quarter, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.

The only other score for the Eagles came on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ho-On to Matt Pile on the last play of the third quarter to make the score 35-21.

Ho-On would finish the contest with a game-high 219 yards passing on 15 completions with three touchdowns.

Lakewood Academy scored two additional touchdowns in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.

The loss was North Cobb Christian's third in a row, but there were some positives that may be taken from the contest.

"We have to correct the mistakes that we made early in the contest, but we were able to move the ball in the second half," said North Cobb Christian head coach Harry Miles.

There is also optimism in the state of the Eagles' program which is in only its second year of playing varsity football.

"We've already scored four times as many points as last season and haven't been shut out," Miles said. "We're a young team but gaining more players and have continued to receive increasing support from our great fans."
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