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Lake City earns first victory of football season

Lake City’s Collin Hunter passes as Shadle Park's Kyle Collins (53) and Caleb Johnson (51) converge. Hunter left later with a leg injury.
Lake City’s Collin Hunter passes as Shadle Park's Kyle Collins (53) and Caleb Johnson (51) converge. Hunter left later with a leg injury.

It took the Lake City football team four games to earn its first win.

The Timberwolves, behind mobile senior quarterback Collin Hunter, dispatched Shadle Park 27-7 in a nonleague game Thursday at Albi Stadium.

It could turn out to be a costly victory, though. Hunter injured his lower right leg with four minutes to go in the third quarter. He sat on the bench with his leg propped up and heavily taped the rest of the game. He said he felt something pop near his shin.

Hunter rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown. He passed for another 52 yards.

“I hate to see No. 1 (Hunter) on crutches right now,” LC coach Van Troxel said. “But you do what you’ve got to do. Collin played really well.”

Young LC (1-3) lacked depth going into the season, and for various reasons the T-Wolves are suffering some key losses. Last week, LC lost its top player, senior safety/running back Scott Helsper, to a season-ending knee injury.

Junior Matt Duchow relieved Hunter. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown with 2:06 to go.

“It’s nice to have them regroup and play hard,” Troxel said. “We had a couple of things go our way for a change. I thought last week the defense played very hard and very well and it carried over. We’re getting better. We’re not getting any deeper at this point but we’re getting better.”

Things started rough for the Shadle Park football team and didn’t get much better.

Faced with fourth-and-long on its first series, the Highlanders watched the snap to the punter dribble to their 7-yard line.

Three plays later, Lake City converted the miscue into a touchdown when Dakota Kielblock scored from 3 yards out.

“Most of all I’m just pleased that they haven’t given up,” Troxel said. “They really do want to win and they want to get better. The big thing is offensively we finished that first drive and put some points on the board. That kind of changed the whole mentality of what’s going on.”

Xavier Wicks gained 136 yards of Shadle’s 190 yards rushing.

“We’ve had our growing pains and issues,” Troxel said. “A work in progress.”

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