POYNETTE — Lakeside Lutheran’s football team took a big step forward as it pertains to the postseason, beating host Poynette, 35-7, in a Capitol North game on Friday at Elgie Noble Field.
The Warriors (4-4, 2-2 in conference) ran it 38 times for 245 yards, good for 6.4 yards a rush. The team is now a win against Lodi next week away from returning to the playoffs.
“We got back to running the ball pretty effectively,” Lakeside Lutheran football coach Paul Bauer said. “Matt (Davis) was a little more aggressive which we need him to be. The only disappointing thing was we lost three fumbles. Other than that, we moved it pretty well.”
Junior tailback Nathan Chesterman led the team with 73 yards on nine carries. Micah Cody had nine carries for 58 yards, including a 13-yard scamper in the first quarter to open the scoring.
Senior running back Logan Pampel, who finished with 54 yards on nine totes, pushed the Warrior lead to 35-0 with a 6-yard third-quarter score.
Davis, a senior quarterback and defensive back, made plenty of plays in a decisive 21-point second quarter.
After running it in from 14 yards out with seven minutes to play before half, Davis intercepted his counterpart Jackson Elsing and returned it for a score, upping the Lakeside edge to 21-0.
“We scored on our first drive and then we struggled to get that second score,” Bauer said. “The third score came right on the heels of the second one. The third score was big for momentum and kind of took the wind out of their sails. He picked it off in the right flat and returned it for a touchdown.”
With 1:36 remaining in the quarter, junior receiver Brendan McKenna hauled in a 50-yard pass from Davis.
Junior wideout and kicker Tersony Vater missed the game due to injury, the team hopes to have him back in the fold next week. The Warriors got back junior lineman Jack Schultz, a key cog in the run game, after a multi-game injury absence.
Davis was 4 of 5 passing for 83 yards. Elsing finished 8 for 24 for 102 yards and two interceptions.
Poynette running back Brayden O’Connor was contained for most of the game, finishing with 64 yards on 16 rushes and a 3-yard fourth-quarter score.
“He got some yards and a touchdown late in the game,” Bauer said. “The defense had a good night.”
The Warriors host Lodi on Friday at 7 p.m. in a game both teams must win to become playoff eligible.
Lakeside defeated Lodi, 35-19, last season. The Warriors and Blue Devils are both 2-2 in the Capitol North. Both teams have lost to Lake Mills; Lodi lost to Columbus; Lakeside lost to Luther Prep.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 35, POYNETTE 7
Warriors 7 21 7 0 — 35
Pumas 0 0 0 7 — 7
LL — Cody 13 run (Schmidt kick)
LL — Davis 19 run (Schmidt kick)
LL — Davis interception return (Schmidt kick)
LL — McKenna 50 pass from Davis (Schmidt kick)
LL — Pampel 6 run (Schmidt kick)
P — O’Connor 3 run (Schoeckert kick)
First downs LL 17, P 9. Passing yards LL 83, P 104. Rushing (att.-yds.) LL 38-245, P 20-70. Penalties-yds. LL 4-35, P 3-30. Fumbles-lost LL 5-3, P 2-1.
Passing (att.-comp.-yds.-tds.-ints.) — LL Davis 4-5-83-1-0, P Elsing 8-24-104-0-2. Rushing (att.-yds.-tds.) — LL Chesterman 9-73-0, Cody 9-58-1, Pampel 9-54-1, Davis 4-45-1; P, O’Connor 16-64-1. Receiving (catch-yds.-tds.) — LL McKenna 2-58-1, P Savich 7-74-0.