PREP FOOTBALL: Dawson-Boyd wraps up regular season with 20-0 win over Lakeview
COTTONWOOD – An unrelenting defensive effort by the Dawson-Boyd football team guided the Blackjacks to their sixth win of the season on Wednesday by way of a 20-0 shutout over the Lakeview Lakers in Cottonwood.
The Blackjacks were able to showcase their strength on the defensive side of the football on Lakeview’s very first offensive drive that was cut short as a result of a timely sack by Austin Moen to force a punt. DB would finish the game with six sacks and seven tackles for loss. Gauge Liebl led the way with three sacks and four tackles for loss.
Lakeview’s defense, which limited Dawson-Boyd to only two offensive touchdowns in the contest, was equal to the task in providing an uphill battle for the opposing offense to move the ball as the Lakers forced a three-and-out on the Blackjacks first offensive series and followed it up with a fourth down stop on their next drive.
The game remained scoreless into the final seconds of the first quarter when Josh Anyasike intercepted an Aaron Loe pass and took it all the way to the end zone from 56 yards out. A completed pass from Brenden Stulz to wide receiver Romell Horton on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt made it 8-0.
The Lakers offense did its best to turn the page on the costly miscue on its next series that picked up momentum following a hard-run by Brock Kvistad to cross midfield. A pass play to wide receiver Parker Hoffman kept the chains moving deep into DB territory before the drive stalled at the 21-yard line. Faced with a fourth and long situation, the Lakers attempted a 39-yard field goal but had it blocked, giving the ball right back to the Blackjacks.
With just under six minutes left to play before halftime, DB threatened to add to its lead after a big gain on the ground by Anyasike and a contested catch by Micah Olson brought the offense into the red zone. Needing a stop, Lakeview’s defense stood tall with a pass-breakup by Loe on fourth down to keep the score at 8-0 at halftime.
Out of the half, Dawson-Boyd broke through with its first offensive touchdown when Anyasike crossed the goal line with a 17-yard rush to make it 14-0. Anyasike would find the end zone for a second time on offense and third time overall with a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal DB’s 20-0 victory.
The win for the Blackjacks improves their record to 6-2, while the Lakers fall to 3-5 before the start of the Section 5A tournament.
Lakeview 0 0 0 0 — 0
DB 8 0 6 6 — 20
PASSING: Lakeview (Loe 9-20-125-0-1); DB (Stulz 7-15-106-0-1).
RUSHING: Lakeview (Louwagie 14-52, Loe 9-49, Kvistad 3-32, Thomas 3-31, Jensen 1-5); DB (Anyasike 24-125-2, Hastad 3-19, Horton 1-8).
RECEIVING: Lakeview (Hoffman 4-78, Kvistad 3-34, Thomas 3-15, Errington 1-8, Klocow 1-5, Jensen 1-3); DB (Anyasike 1-39, Olson 3-37, Horton 3-30).