The third time turned out to be the charm for Lakeshore. The Titans got their first victory over Fontainebleau 31-16 in the third meeting between the cross town rivals.
Lakeshore (2-0) was born as a high school out of the Fontainebleau school district. It is the first time in the school’s four-year history they’ve started out 2-0.
“It’s a big win for our school” Lakeshore coach Craig Jones said. “But I told my kids it’s not a rivalry if they don’t win. The kids were really into it this week. With this 2-0 start, we are trying to get that ball rolling.”
Junior quarterback Dylan Fields completed 14 of 23 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for 44.
The Bulldogs (1-1) started the second half with the ball and trailing by 5 points. Tyler Prestenbach intercepted a Chase Sims pass at the Lakeshore 47-yard line.
On the next play, Fields hit Robby Niklas with a 53-yard scoring toss. Ryan Miller added his fourth extra point to give the Titans a 28-16 lead with 10:24 to go in the third quarter.
Kavondre Williams recovered a fumble for the Titans on Fontainebleau’s next possession at the Bulldog 24-yard line. The drive stalled, and Miller came in and made a 23-yard field goal for the game’s final points.
“Offensively we just didn’t move the ball,” Fontainebleau coach Mike Materne saide. “Lakeshore did a good job stopping us. Those early kickoff returns hurt us.”
Sims completed 27 of 43 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, but had two interceptions.
Travis Scearce had 20 carries for 66 yards.
Niklas had 247 all purpose yards. David Ducre led the Titans with 46 yards rushing on 15 carries and added a touchdown.
The Titans got the game started with a bang on a 91-yard kickoff return by Niklas. Miller added the extra point to give Lakeshore a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game.
“That was a great way to start the game” said Jones. “It was a weak point last week, and now Dylan is definitely maturing and really learning the offense.”
Fontainebleau answered two possessions later when Tyler Olivier connected on a 46-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
Niklas put the Titans in good field position on the ensuing kickoff when he returned it 33 yards to Titans’ 39-yard line. Seven plays and 61 yards later, Ducre scored on a 7-yard touchdown run.
Miller added the extra point to increase the lead to 14-3 with 3:23 to go in the first quarter.
The scoring drive was keyed by a 22-yard pass from Fields to Nathan Faciane on fourth-and-two that put Lakeshore on the Bulldogs’ 7.
Fontainebeau answered when Kendrick Marquez returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Olivier’s extra point made the score 14-10 in the first quarter.
Lakeshore increased the lead to 21-10 when Rex Shepherd caught a 21-yard scoring toss from Fields. Miller’s extra point made the score 21-10 with 4:42 to go in the first half.
The Bulldogs struck late in the first half by driving 68 yards in just four plays using 34.2 seconds. Scearse caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Sims as time expired. Miller missed the point after attempt wide left to make the score 21-16 at halftime.
Fields completed 9 of 15 first half passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He added 36 yards rushing on eight carries.
Sims hit on 9 of 16 passes in the first half for 108 yards and a touchdown. Scearse added 34 yards rushing on nine carries.