On Saturday, October 14th, the Boys’ Latin Lakers football team took on the other undefeated team in their conference, Severn. The Lakers came into the game having won their previous three games. Severn, also, was a very hot team who hadn’t lost a game the whole season.
The game kicked off at 1:00 p.m. on a beautiful Fall Fest day. The crowd was ginormous and made for a very entertaining spectacle. The Lakers have been gunning for Severn in the past seven years, going a perfect 7-0 through that period.
As the game began, both teams were trying to assert their dominance on the other. The teams battled back and forth trading field position. The Lakers got a key turnover in the first quarter thanks to senior cornerback Rashawn Evans who made a perfect read on the ball but ultimately resulted in no points for the Lakers.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Severn constructed a precise drive. Their quarterback made key scramble plays ultimately resulting in a passing touchdown. Multiple Lakers players said the quarterback was quick, shifty, and agile, and senior quarterback Brendan Crouse said, “Honestly, I thought their quarterback made more plays than any other quarterback we will face this year.”
Later in the second quarter, the Lakers drove down the field. A key rush by senior running back Devin Brewer put the Lakers in red zone territory. A few plays after the rush, Crouse scrambled out of a closing pocket finding senior wide receiver Connor Walsh in the back of the end zone, tying the game up at seven apiece.
After halftime, both team’s offenses seemed to come alive. The Lakers started the third quarter with an early touchdown. Crouse, once again, scrambled out of the pocket to find senior wide receiver Jamie Rice who had beaten his man and found himself in the corner of the end zone alone.
Yet, Severn never gave up. They took their offense down the field, rushing all over the Lakers’ defense to find the end zone and tie the game. It was Severn’s quarterback, making plays with his feet instead of his arm, who scampered into the end zone off a 14-yard run and broke multiple tackles along the way.
This play alone drew national media. At the end of the play, as the quarterback walked into the end zone, he lowered his shoulder and laid the boom on Evans, who was slowing up in order to not hit the quarterback. House of Highlights, a social media account, got ahold of the video and added music in order for there to be a bass drop when the hit occurred; the video has over a million views.
The Lakers’ offense took the field again, looking to break the tie. Key rushes from junior running back Josh Pugh and Brewer, as well as a key throw to junior tight end Seth Nance, lead the Lakers into scoring position. The drive was topped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass by Crouse to Nance.
The Lakers took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter, hoping the defense could hold their own like they have all year. However, the defense was no match for the scrambling quarterback of Severn. He had a 68-yard touchdown run to tie the game up in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Lakers’ offense took the field trying to regain the lead. However, poor pass protection and communication lead to early pressure and ultimately a forced interception by the Lakers. The interception gave the Admirals ideal field position.
The Admiral offense took the field fired up. They used this energy to push their way into the end zone on a touchdown pass from 20 yards out. The Admirals went for two points after the score in order to secure the win; the BL defense held strong, however, and the attempted conversion failed.
The Lakers’ offense took the field for one last shot. Crouse made as many plays as he could, but it wasn’t enough. The Lakers fell to the Admirals 27-21.
When talking to junior offensive/defensive lineman Evan Taliaferro about ways the team can improve he said, “We need to win the line of scrimmage; it starts and ends there.”
Also, Crouse added, “We need to be more disciplined. We had eight penalties; no one will win with that many mistakes.”
An effort was made to sit down with the Lakers’ coach, but he was unavailable.
The Lakers’ go into their final week with a conference record of 4-1. The Lakers bounced back the following week, beating St. Mary’s, and hope to do the same against St. Paul’s.