LSE 7th Pirates fall against Marshall 26-16
The LSE Pirates eighth grade football team was perfect going into Thursday night’s game against the Marshall Owls.
After finishing 6-0 in seventh grade and 5-0 to start the 2017 season, the Pirates were one game away from closing out their junior high career undefeated.
As it turned out, the Pirates are still undefeated in two years by beating Marshall in a game closer than anticipated with a 26-14 victory.
While finishing 12-0 in two years, LSE coach Curtis Walk said this is a special group of kids. “I’m very proud of how they worked to accomplish this goal,” Walk said. “From the weight room to the field this is a hardworking group with a lot of talent. The future for these kids is limitless. They strive to work and strive to get better every day. I will miss coaching these kids.”
Although Marshall cut the lead to 12 with a score late in the fourth quarter, LSE led from the first quarter on after hitting paydirt on a 33 yard pass from Treveon Coleman to Jamesian McKee to make it 7-0. Coleman then it paydirt on the first of his two rushing touchdowns by breaking what seemed like double digit tackles on a 73 yard run to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Owls didn’t go down without a fight, though. In the second quarter, Marshall hit paydirt on a long run to cut the lead to six at 14-8. However after taking over on the ensuing kick off deep in their own territory, Coleman found the end zone again for his third touchdown of the ballgame on a 19 yard run with approximately four minutes left to extend the lead to 20-8 at the half.
LSE answered again for the only score in the third quarter on a 3-yard run by running back DJ Wesolak to make it 26-8. Meanwhile, in the final quarter, Marshall struck again to end the scoring in the ballgame.
Coleman finished the game as the leading rusher and passer for LSE with seven carries for 126 yards and two scores and 3 of 6 passing for 43 yards and one touchdown.
Wesolak finished the game with five carries for 106 yards and one touchdown while McKee had two carries for 17 yards and one catch for 33 yards and one touchdown. DaWan Lomax, meanwhile, finished the game with five carries for 23 yards and one catch for 10 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Wesolak had a big night for the Pirates with 17 solo stops and two assisted tackles.
Coleman finished the game with nine solo stops and three assisted tackles while McKee added five solo stops and three assisted tackles, TrayShawn Harris-Quint with three solo stops and two assisted tackles, Peyton Hahn with three solo stops and one assisted tackle, Daireus Brady with four solo stops and Gage Allison with three solo stops.
As for the LSE Pirates seventh grade football team, they fell at home against the Owls by a score of 26-16.
While finishing the season at 1-5 overall, Coach Walk said the Pirates played well enough to win. “We just came out in the second half and had too many mistakes,” Walk said. “Great season of learning the game for these kids. The future is bright for them. They worked very hard and I am very proud of where they came from at the start of the season until now.”
Of course the 10 point deficit at the end of the game turned out to be a 10-point lead at half for the Pirates.
Leading 16-6 at the break, LSE scored one touchdown in the first quarter on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Jackson Johns to Colby Caton with five minutes left. Then, after Marshall hit paydirt to cut the lead to 8-6, LSE came back with its second touchdown of the ballgame with four minutes left in the half on a 4-yard run by Caton to make it 16-6.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they had nothing to show for their efforts in the second half as Marshall reeled off 20 unanswered points with one touchdown in the third and two in the fourth for the come from behind victory.
Colby Caton led the rushing attack for LSE with six carries for 46 yards and one touchdown. Caton also had four catches for 49 yards and one score.
Johns, meanwhile, finished the game 8 of 12 passing for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Owen Armentrout had eight carries for 89 yards and four catches for 41 yards while Mike DeLeon added three carries for 25 yards and Ethan Watson three carries for 11 yards.
Caton also spearheaded the defense for LSE with seven solo stops and three assisted tackles.
Tyson Ellison had five solo stops and three assisted tackles while Jackson Johns and Ethan Watson added three solo stops and two assisted tackles each, Owen Armentrout with four solo stops and Trent Maxwell and Cameron Poulsen each with three solo stops.
The LSE Pirates seventh and eighth grade football team will have a banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at the LSE Commons starting at 6:30 p.m.