HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Lake Hamilton coach Tommy Gilleran didn’t like his team getting tired in the first quarter Friday at Lakeside, but he liked the way they got tired.
The Wolves scored on their first three possessions in the first 12 minutes. That gave Lake Hamilton a 21-0 cushion, and they spoiled Lakeside’s Senior Night with a 31-17 victory.
“We got tired after those first three series,” said Lake Hamilton coach Tommy Gilleran. “All the things that could go wrong, went wrong in the second half. We’ve got to work on those mistakes and continue to get better.
“Owen Miller is a great football player; he had 1,900 yards last year. We’ve got some good backs. Tevin (Woodley) is a good back, and (Kendrick) Martin is going to be a good back. I thought we were better up front tonight”
Tired Wolves outscored final three quarters
Lake Hamilton’s first two touchdowns came on 1-yard runs by Woodley and Miller. The third was set up by Trent Singleton’s interception of a deflected pass, and return to the Rams’ 15. Woodley scored the second of his three six-pointers from eight yards with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.
That’s when Lakeside caught fire. Junior Brock Garner hauled in a 3-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Will Ross with 1:40 left in the first half.
A short kickoff backfired, and the Wolves got a 47-yard field goal from Alex Hurtz with no time on the clock to make it 24-7 at intermission.
The game got sloppy in the final two quarters with three turnovers and lots of penalties.
Gilleran wasn’t unhappy with senior quarterback J.T. Bardwell, but he admitted the Wolves did miss senior Layne Warrick, who is out five weeks with a shoulder injury.
Bardwell managed well in relief role
“Layne is a big difference maker,” said Gilleran. “He’s a runner, he can throw it, he makes us a championship team. He can do all the things my other quarterbacks can’t right now. Bardwell does a great job of managing games, and he wins games. We’ve got to complete some passes, and we didn’t tonight.”
Bardwell did complete a screen pass to Miller on third-and-31 with 5:19 left in the game. However, the 50-yard play was wiped out by a holding penalty.
Miller led all runners in the game with 159 yards on 15 carries. Woodley finished with 101 on 17 totes.
Lakeside took the second half kickoff and scored on a 54-yard touchdown play from Ross to Garner with 8:11 left in the third quarter. The Rams made it a one-score game with 3:24 remaining on a 26-yard field goal by Andrew Degrasse.
The Rams’ final opportunity to tie, or win, disappeared with 4:20 left. On fourth-and-1 from their own 45, a bad snap resulted in a 16-yard loss. Less than two minutes later Woodley scored Lake Hamilton’s final TD on a 12-yard run.
Ross completed 19 of 29 passes for 163 yards. His interception did cost the Rams seven points. Lakeside finished with 333 total yards.
In other action Friday Arkadelphia edged Camden Fairview, 21-20. Bald Knob beat Mount Ida, 42-6. Bismarck won a thriller over Cutter Morning Star, 27-26. Magnet Cove won a shootout with Murfreesboro, 67-32. Centerpoint’s game at Hampton was moved to Monday at 7 p.m.