Lakeside 28, Beekman 6
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Preuett threw for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Jaykob Stewart streaked 73 yards for a pick-6 as Lakeside was a 28-6 winner over Beekman on Friday night.
Despite the loss, it was a festive night for the Tigers, who played in their new on-campus stadium for the first time. Keith Huntsman Field was dedicated during a special ceremony minutes before kickoff.
"It was a great atmosphere," Beekman coach Wade McDonald said. "I think everybody enjoyed it. We had a big crowd. The bleachers were flooded over with people. There were a hundred or so people standing around."
Beekman (0-3) hung with the Warriors (3-0) for three quarters before surrendering 20 unanswered points in the final frame.
"Overall, the kids played a great game," McDonald said. "I thought they represented the community, the program and the school well on the field."
Although the Tigers didn't win the first game in their new home, they did score the first touchdown.
Beating double coverage, Ethan White hauled in a 64-yard pass from Brock Jenkins to give the Tigers a 6-0 first quarter lead.
Lakeside carried an 8-6 advantage into intermission before breaking the game open with 20 fourth quarter points.
"It was a better ballgame than the score shows," McDonald said. "We gave up a couple of cheap touchdowns at the end."
Held to 6 points for the third straight week, the Tigers continued to struggle offensively. Cobe Matthews returned the opening kickoff for the lone touchdown in Week 2. While the offense was able to put an early touchdown on the board against Lakeside, the Tigers continued to stop themselves with turnovers and penalties.
"We had problems with the center/quarterback exchange, and we had three fumbles and three interceptions, one of them a pick-6," McDonald said. "We had a touchdown called back on a phantom holding call. I've watched it over and over on film, and the kid they called it on wasn't holding. All I saw was their kid fall down."
Beekman moved the ball at times, but was unable to finish.
"Between the 20s, we did a real good job," McDonald said. "We just shot ourselves in the foot."
Lakeside had 324 yards (227 passing, 107 rushing) of total offense as compared to Beekman's 270 (191 rushing, 79 passing).
Preuett completed 10-of-24 passes, including four for 112 yards and a touchdown to Gavin Jones. Dalton Crumpler added six catches for 62 yards and Chase Mitchell nabbed three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Buffatte Coleman did the bulk of the Warriors' damage on the ground with 81 yards on seven attempts.
Zeb Morgan (11 carries, 110 yards) and Johnny Gipson (12-59) provided the bulk of Beekman's offense, and Charles Paige contributed a 15-yard reception.
Reaching double figures in tackles for the third straight week, Lucas Lara paced the Tigers defensively with 12 stops. Dalon Moore had six tackles with 3.5 stops in the backfield. Dylan Gandy added six stops, with five each by James Foster and Clayton Nunn. Xavier Lewis, Seth Meyers and Ethan Nelson were in on sacks.
"I thought Dylan Gandy, DalonMoore and Ethan White (3 tackles, 1 TFL) all played a great game," McDonald said. "I thought our linebackers showed a lot of improvement, especially the outsides linebackers."
Beekman travels to Vidalia for its final pre-district tuneup Friday night.