The Lakewood Lancers got back to their winning ways while the Cabrillo Jaguars came back to Earth as senior Tyler Shultz led his team to a 40-14 homecoming victory with four touchdowns on 11-for-18 passing. The senior completed passes to seven different receivers.
The difference in this one was apparent early as Cabrillo fumbled on their opening two possessions and Shultz turned all three Jaguar first half fumbles into touchdowns.
With the lead and regular starting running back Allie Long on the sideline with a quad injury, senior Rashad Wadood carried the ball 20 times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
“I think on Monday we were still a little down,” said Wadood about his team’s energy level after losing to Poly last week. “But as we got into the week, from the lunch meetings to the practice field, we stepped up the intensity and it carried over to tonight.”
“We waited seven days for this,” Lakewood head coach Thadd MacNeal told his team before the game. “We had a great week of practice and we were really excited… it felt good to get back at it.”
Defensive end Todd Barr caused and recovered the first Cabrillo fumble just three minutes into the game. Five plays later, Shultz rolled out on the play action and found Jake Phillips for the 14-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars fumbled the backfield exchange on the first play of their next drive, and again, five plays later Shultz found Darius Powe at the pylon for a nine-yard touchdown and a 13-0 lead.
Shultz and Powe hooked up again for a touchdown midway though the second quarter, and then after a 47-yard run from Wadood with less than a minute left, Shultz hit Barr for a 12-yard touchdown with just 8.3 seconds remaining in the first half.
Cabrillo recovered a pooch kick at the start of the second half trailing 27-0 and took it all the way to the Lakewood five yard line, but the Lancer defense turned them back four straight times. Seven minutes, 14 plays and 90 yards later Wadood took it in from six yards out on his final carry of the night.
Junior quarterback Derek Stewart was 21-for-36 for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars, but 12 of those completions came in the fourth quarter. Lakewood’s defense held four different Cabrillo running backs to just 60 yards rushing.
Lakewood improves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Moore League while Cabrillo falls to 3-3 and 2-1 in league.