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Howland gets past conditions, beats Lakeview 16-6

September 14, 2013
By JOHN VARGO - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

HOWLAND - Howland and Lakeview had more slipping and sliding in the first half of Friday's game that the grassy surface at Richard Lombardo Stadium could have been mistaken for a Slip 'N Slide.

Both teams combined for a botched field-goal attempt, a snap over the quarterback's head and the ball occasionally squirting around the turf - showing more movement than a herd of people trying to corral a greased pig.

All there was to show for the display - which caused the teams more anguish than joy - was a 25-yard field goal with 41.5 seconds left in the first half by Howland kicker Jacob Lowe.

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"Our kids were jazzed up. They were excited," said Lakeview coach Tom Pavlansky, whose team had three interceptions and two fumbles. "We didn't help our cause out a whole lot, both coaching-wise and playing-wise. ...

"We can't afford to turn the ball over. We have to put our kids in better situations."

Howland put itself in a better situation en route to a 16-6 victory.

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Howland’s Jaquore Marrs (4) is stopped short of the first down by Lakeview’s Mitchell Franco (62). Howland won, 16-6.

"We knew the weather was going to be bad and ball protection was going to be key," said Howland running back Jaquore Marrs, whose team had an interception and fumble - both in the first half. "We turned the ball over and made a couple of dumb mistakes.

"I think it was the weather that caused both teams to get turnovers."

The Tigers improve to 2-1, while Lakeview drops to 0-3.

Howland wanted to shed the miscues plaguing the first half as the Tigers established themselves with a 12-play, 63-yard drive spanning 6 minutes. Jamie Williams' 7-yard pass from David Flack sealed the drive with 5:55 left in the third quarter with Marrs being the workhorse on the drive - putting the Tigers up 9-0.

"We preached at halftime we have drive it down the field and put it in the end zone," Howland coach Dominic Menendez said. "That was one of our downfalls, finishing drives."

Marrs ended game with 25 carries for 162 yards and a 19-yard score in the fourth quarter.

"Jaquore is a great back," Menendez said. "You can slow him down a bit, but eventually he's going to pop."

However, Lakeview attempted to rally and tried to put up its first points as the Bulldogs started a drive late in third quarter from their own 10. All cylinders seemed to be rotating Lakeview's way as the Bulldogs were the beneficiaries of a 15-yard hit out-of-bounds hit on Lakeview's Jake Pishotti near midfield. Eventually, Lakeview faced a fourth-and-6 at the Howland 30 with 9:30 remaining.

Howland's Jordan Radish picked off pass from Lakeview quarterback Angelo Marino, who was 12 of 28 for 123 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

"Jordan is one of those guys we like to blitz quite a bit," Menendez said. "It happened we kept him at home. He was at the right place at the right time."

Tre Bryarly had the other two interceptions.

"Our defense guys do a great job," Menendez said. "Tre stepped up and made plays when he had to make them."

Howland's defense held Lakeview to 28 carries for 71 yards. The Tigers have allowed 27 points in three games.

"We knew were going to be young on offense," Menendez said. "Defense guys had to step up. We knew we were going to hang our hats on defense."

That said, Marino slipped past Howland's defense with 1:54 left in the game as Sean Rein caught a 45-yard pass from Marino over the middle and dashed for the end zone.

Marino and Michael Mannella combined for 25 carries for 92 yards, leading an offense that lost a 33 yards on two plays that were attributed to the team total.

However, Marino grinded out his share of yards that kept more than a few drives alive.

"Angelo's special. He really is," Pavlansky said. "He's a special quarterback. We're fortunate to have him."

After the game, Pavlansky told his team that they need to forget about its 0-3 start and concentrate on the upcoming All-American Conference, National Division play - starting this Friday at Champion. Howland opens AAC American Division play at Hubbard.

"We have no time to feel sorry for ourselves," Pavlansky said. "We have a rivalry game this week to open up conference play. We're going to get back to work here and get right what we got wrong, and work hard to get better."