SCORE BY QUARTER
|LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL||0||14||0||8||–||22|
|COUNTRYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL||7||6||14||24||–||51|
|TD||Cou — Ryan Yates ran 6 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Halter.|
|TD||Lw — Sermetrius Dennis ran 2 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Max Thuriere.|
|FG||Cou — Ryan Halter kicked a 35-yard field goal.|
|TD||Lw — Byronton Jackson ran 1 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Max Thuriere.|
|FG||Cou — Ryan Halter kicked a 33-yard field goal.|
|TD||Cou — Gray Crow threw 48 yards to Diomi Roberts for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Halter.|
|TD||Cou — Ryan Yates ran 1 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Halter.|
|TD||Cou — Terry Johnson ran 3 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Halter.|
|TD||Cou — Gray Crow threw 21 yards to Joey Lombardi for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Halter.|
|TD||Lw — Sermetrius Dennis kickoff return 95 yards for a touchdown. Two point conversion run by Javaris Little.|
|FG||Cou — Ryan Halter kicked a 45-yard field goal.|
|TD||Cou — Diomi Roberts ran 5 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Halter.|
It was billed as Man versus Manchild, and when it was over, it was pretty clear.
“Man won,” said Tyler Moore, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Countryside offensive lineman, Nebraska oral commitment and Man, who helped pave the way for the Cougars offense to put a second-half licking on Lakewood in a 51-22 victory Friday night.
While Lakewood junior Dante Fowler, the Manchild part of the matchup, played well and had a sack, it was Spartan mistakes and Countryside’s ability to finally take advantage of its good fortune that turned a close game into a rout.
Trailing 14-13 at the half, Countryside was a perfect 6-for-6 on its second-half possessions to avenge last year’s loss to the Spartans and improve to 5-0.
“We couldn’t capitalize in the first half,” said first-year coach Jared Davis. “We had some nice kickoff returns and couldn’t take advantage. I told the guys at halftime we just had to start finishing.”
Joey Lombardi and Marrieo Taylor had 60-yard kickoff returns in the first half, but the Cougars turned them into only three points.
In the second half, Diomi Roberts returned from a one-half suspension to go 20 yards on his first touch and two plays later took a screen from Gray Crow and raced 48 yards to the end zone, putting Countryside ahead 20-14.
On Lakewood’s next series, an errant snap on the punt set up the Cougars on the 3. Ryan Yates punched in his second touchdown, and the rout was on.
Terry Johnson, who ran for 100 yards in the first half starting for Roberts, scored on a short run. Jordan Rossi caught a quick slant from Crow for a touchdown, and Roberts capped the perfect second half with a scoring run.
Lakewood’s only second half highlight was Sermetrious Dennis’ 95-yard kickoff return. Dennis, a surprise starter at quarterback, also had a touchdown on a 2-yard bootleg in the first half, but the Cougar defense held the Spartans (3-2) to 60 yards in the second half and no first downs until their last drive.
Johnson finished with 123 yards on 16 carries while Roberts picked up 83 yards rushing. Crow had his best game since returning to Countryside, going 13-for-18 for 176 yards and two touchdowns.