Spartans’ football captures first win of the season

FELTON – It took eight weeks, but the Lake Forest Spartans’ varsity football squad captured its first win of the season Saturday afternoon. The 58-6 victory over the Seaford Blue Jays couldn’t have come at a better time.

Celebrating homecoming weekend festivities, the Spartans (1-7) put on a show for the home crowd.

Lake Forest kicked the scoring off with a three-yard rushing touchdown on the game’s opening drive, putting the Spartans up 6-0 early. Following a pair of fumbles from both offenses, junior quarterback Desaun Bizzell led the Spartan offense on a 9-play scoring drive capped by an Elle Harding one-yard rushing touchdown.

Bizzell threw his first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter on a 16-yard pass to junior running back Nicholas Lane. A successful two-point conversion put the Spartans up 20-0.

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Junior running back Elle Harden tosses the football to the official following a first-half touchdown against Seaford (The Journal/Ben Heck).

Seaford (1-7) fumbled the ball away on the team’s next possession and Lake Forest junior linebacker Diante’ Cannon recovered the football. A few plays later, Cannon converted the turnover into six points with a 25-yard touchdown.

Bizzell’s 10-yard touchdown toss to senior tight Cameron Lewis and a 21-yard touchdown run from Harden put the Spartans up 42-0 at halftime.

Though the shutout bid ended late in the fourth quarter of play, head coach Fred Johnson’s defense did manage to put up a touchdown of its own in the second half of the 52-point romp.

Junior Xavier Owens picked off a pass from Seaford’s quarterback and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown on the first Blue Jays’ possession of the second half. Junior offensive lineman Jordan Springer was handed the football and converted the two-point conversion for Lake Forest.

With a running clock and backup freshman quarterback Matthew Dodds in the game for Lake Forest in the second half, the only other offensive touchdown came on a 22-yard rush from running back Ja-Juan Reid.

“It’s always nice to win at homecoming,” Johnson said following the game. “We just told our guys to come out and play hard, hold on to the football, and they were able to do that.”

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Senior receiver Jaylen Farlow rounds the corner with the football in his hands in the first half against Seaford (The Journal/Ben Heck).

Despite the 50-point performance, Johnson still noticed a few mistakes from his young football squad.

“We’re still a young team,” he said. “I know it’s late in the year, but this is still fairly new for a lot of these guys. We’re just going to keep preaching to them about playing and working hard.”

Though it’s just one win, a blowout win could make all the difference when it comes to finishing the season on a positive note.

With two games left against the Indian River Indians (2-6) and a tough Milford Buccaneers (7-1) squad, Johnson hopes his guys continue to work hard in practice and in film study.

Despite a big Battle of the Bell match-up with a one-loss Bucs squad in two weeks, Coach Johnson has no plans of overlooking his team’s Nov. 4 match-up with the Indians.

“We’re just going to carry the momentum of this game into practice and into the game next week. We’re going to prepare and focus on Indian River first, and then we’ll worry about Milford when the time comes.”

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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