The Lake City football team captured the 5A IEL title with a convincing 49-19 win at Lewiston.
Lake City advances to the state playoffs for the 13th straight year.
Hit the tab below to read Josh Wright's unedited game story.
A dizzying sequence in the third quarter and rousing line play helped catapult the Timberwolves to a 49-19 rout at Bengal Field on Friday night. With the win, LC snatched its 13th consecutive berth to the state playoffs and the 5A Inland Empire League crown.
“To me, this is so satisfying for this group of seniors,” LC
coach Van Troxel said. “... They never, as freshmen and sophomores, beat
Up 14-0 at the half, the Timberwolves started the third quarter with a 65-yard touchdown jaunt from Jacob Bowman. It was called back by holding, but LC was unfazed.
On the next play, quarterback Mark Smyly connected with Austin Kiefer for a 65-yard pass and score.
Just like that, it was 28-0. But LC wasn’t done.
After forcing a turnover on downs, the Timberwolves capped the three-minute flourish with a 43-yard touchdown scamper from Bowman. With last year’s leading rusher Justin Bryant hobbled, the junior finished with 145 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries.
“That third quarter was like the longest third quarter in the
history of football,”
The Bengals were plagued by poor pass protection, drops from receivers and an out-of-sync performance from University of Idaho-bound Podrabsky. He went 19 of 32 through the air for just 144 yards.
In the second half alone, Podrabsky was sacked five times.
“Can’t say enough about the way our defense (played) because that’s a pretty good offense,” Troxel said. “Justin probably got hit as much as he’d been hit in a long time.”
The Bengals (4-5, 1-2) sputtered from the start, failing to gain a first down until their first possession of the second quarter. That started a nice drive to LC’s 20-yard line, but a holding penalty and two incomplete passes led to a turnover on downs.