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Big second half lifts Lakeview past Red Devils

October 19, 2013
By BRAD VanFOSSAN - Tribune Chronicle correspondent (sports@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

CAMPBELL - Heading in to their Week 8 matchup with Campbell, conference play has been kind to the Lakeview Bulldogs.

After starting the season 0-3, the Bulldogs have went on to win its next four straight - all All-American Conference, National Division victories. And after Friday night's visit to Campbell's John Knapick Field, the Bulldogs can now say five straight wins.

Lakeview took a small lead into the locker room, but came out and scored 27 unanswered points to give it a 45-13 victory over the Red Devils.

"Our kids hung tough, they kept playing, and Campbell played hard," Lakeview coach Tom Pavlansky said. "We were balanced with the run and the pass, we have a good quarterback and good receivers."

The score was 18-13 heading into halftime, but Lakeview scored seven in the third then added 20 in the fourth to finish off Campbell (2-6, 2-3).

Lakeview quarterback Angelo Marino and wide receiver Jake Pishotti had huge nights for the Bulldogs, hooking up three times for touchdown passes of 43, 23, and 26 yards. Marino also connected with Andrew Grove on a 58-yard bomb, giving the sophomore quarterback four touchdowns on the night, tying a school record.

"Everyone did a great job," Marino said. "I had great protection, our receivers got open and made plays. We will have to practice hard all week to get ready for Liberty."

Marino finished 12 of 17 with 260 yards passing on the night, with one interception being the only blemish on his stat sheet. Pishotti finished with five catches for 115 yards to lead the Bulldog receivers.

Campbell hung tough in the first half with touchdowns from quarterback Stephan Elash and Jayle'll Shorter, but were never able to get closer than their five-point halftime deficit.

The Red Devils best chance of scoring in the second half came in the third quarter, while the score was at 25-13. But a drop by Corey Hamilton that had end zone potential took away any Campbell momentum.

The Liberty matchup next week is crucial for the 5-3 Bulldogs. Just as Lakeview is sitting unbeaten in conference play, so are the Leopards. Lakeview also is jockeying for a playoff spot. Entering Friday night's game, the Bulldogs were in the 10th spot of Division IV, Region 11. The top eight in each region make the postseason.