HOT SPRINGS, Ar. — Lakeside coach Jared McBride expects Camden Fairview to make a deep run in the playoffs.
That’s what the Rams’ veteran mentor said after watching Fairview spoil Lakeside’s Senior Night with a 38-33 victory in both team’s 5A South opener at Chick Austin Stadium. McBride will be saying goodbye to 28 seniors this season. He noted the most seniors he’s had at Lakeside prior to this season was 22.
“It was a really good high school football game, and exciting to watch from the sidelines,” said McBride. “I’m so proud of our kids. A lot of them stepped up and played their best game. It was a clean game and well played, and I hope everyone enjoyed watching it. We had a chance to win at the end and that is all we could ask for.”
Fairview quarterback a big headache for Rams
Junior quarterback Martavius Thomas proved to be a headache for Lakeside that could not be cured Friday night. Thomas scrambled for 126 yards on 13 carries, while completing 15 of 21 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cardinals also started the game with two big, hard-running backs. Senior Jatoney McGhee bowed out early with an injury, while senior Ja’coriae Brown gained 143 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Junior Jarvis Reed caught eight passes for 140 yards.
Senior Brandon Copeland caught three passes for 59 yards and two TDs, and junior Aaron Ashbrook hauled in a touchdown pass with 31 seconds left in the first half.
“Wish we could have got out of the first half a little bit easier, and not given up that last touchdown,” said McBride.
Rams score first on 94-yard pass play
The Rams (1-3, 0-1) scored first in the game on a spectacular 94-yard touchdown pass from senior signal-caller Jordan Mills to senior Chase Cross. The PAT kick was no good with 4:51 left in the first quarter.
Fairview stopped itself in the first quarter with major penalties, but marched 70 yards to capture the lead at 7-6 on Brown’s 1-yard plunge on the first play of the second quarter.
Russell countered with his first score, also a 1-yard run. He added a two-pointer to make it 14-7. Thomas threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:41 to give the Cardinals a 19-14 lead at halftime. Russell finished with 114 yards on 22 totes.
The Cardinals’ cushion was 12 points after the third quarter, but Lakeside never gave up.
Mills completed 17 of 28 passes for 284 yards, including a fourth-and-11 conversion that set up Russell’s final score with 6:32 left to make it 38-33.
Lakeside travels to Magnolia next week.