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Lakeview beats rival, earns first win of year

September 21, 2013
By KAYLA HANUSCHAK - Tribune Chronicle correspondent (sports@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

CHAMPION - After beginning the season with a brutal schedule, the Lakeview Bulldogs had yet to taste victory in 2013.

That was until Friday night.

Lakeview rushed for 418 yards compared to Champion's 336, allowing the Bulldogs to take a 36-28 win over its archrival at Champion Community Stadium.

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Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Lakeview’s Angelo Marino (12) rushes for yardage as Champion’s Brandon McFarland (38) dives for the quarterback. Matt Gorrell (50) and Silas Thomas (58) pursue during first-half action on Friday night.

"It (winning) felt great," quarterback Angelo Marino said. "We came out strong and my linemen gave me protection. The receivers were open so I gave them the ball."

The first two touchdowns for Lakeview were almost mirrors of each other. Both were passes from Marino to Jake Pishotti - the first for 37 yards and the second for 31. Along with his two catches, Pishotti carried the ball three times for 35 yards and one touchdown.

Marino also played well rushing for 111 yards, throwing for 128 yards and scoring two touchdowns. His longest pass was 50 yards.

Lakeview coach Tom Pavlansky was proud that his players were able to stick together and work as a team.

"The kids just hung tough," Pavlansky said. "It certainly wasn't easy. Champion is a good football team. Coach (Terry) Howell and his staff do a great job. The team played and stuck together and played hard. We knew that it was going to be a battle. We knew that it was going to be a dogfight. I can't say enough about our team. I'm so proud of them."

Once the second half hit, every time the Bulldogs scored, the Flashes (2-2, 0-1) retaliated. With 4:25 left in the third quarter, Champion senior Brandon McFarland, who rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, ran for a 46-yard score. Senior quarterback Jacob Rasey ran for the 2-point conversion, making the score 29-22 in favor of Lakeview.

McFarland kept the momentum going, as 11 seconds later he recovered a Lakeview fumble, leaving the Flashes with possession of the ball at the Bulldogs' 43.

But not all good deeds lead to prominence. The very next possession, junior Bulldog defender Michael Mannella recovered a Champion fumble, leading to another touchdown.

Howell appreciated his team's effort, but ultimately knows the unnecessary turnovers cost them the game.

"Our kids came out and played hard and continued to play the fourth quarter," Howell said. "We caused a turnover and we gave it right back. We can't do that. Not against a good team. We made mistakes and we can't do that. If you look at the game as a whole, they block a punt that leads to a touchdown. We long snapped over the kids head, which leads to a touchdown. Against a good team you can't do those things."

Pavlansky attributes the success completely to the players.

"The kids were just tough," Pavlansky said. "We told them that we needed to play. We had a great, great week of practice. I think our kids took great confidence in that and had a great week of preparation. That's what you do; you fall back to your habits. We had a great week of preparation. I can't say enough about our kids."

Marino agrees with his coach.

"I gave it all," Marino said. "My line helped me a lot. I couldn't do it by myself. Everyone did a great job. It was a great game."

Going into preparations for next week, Howell is creating a game plan to get a positive outcome in Week 5 against Newton Falls.

"We are going to come back in tomorrow and look at film, show it to the kids and try to learn something and move on," Howell said. "We play Newton Falls next week and we know that they are going to be a good football team too. We have to limit our mistakes and keep working."

Lakeview (1-3, 1-0) travels to Girard next week to take on the Indians.