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Gull Lake loses to Lakeshore in 2nd half shootout

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Senior running back Cody Rorick runs the ball in their game against Loy Norrix. Photo courtesy of Keyshawn Wilson.

September 22, Gull Lake travelled to Lakeshore for its week five game. Coming into the game, Gull Lake was 2 to 2 with sights set on playoffs. Although, Gull Lake may have looked too far passed the undefeated Lancers.

Starting the first quarter receiving, The Blue Devils probed at the Lancer defense hoping to find a weakness, but ended up punting. Gull Lake’s defense came to play on the Lancers’ first possession forcing a three and out. The first quarter ended with another series of back and forth punts and both defenses not budging an inch.

The second quarter started with a stout Blue Devil defense putting the Lancers behind in the chains and ended with a sack from senior linebacker Cam Green, forcing a turnover on downs. Gull Lake then drove all the way down to the three yard line, but had to settle for a field goal attempt, which was missed. After a few plays from the Lancers, the clock hit zeros and the game went to halftime. The score remaining at 0-0.

“We played tough, they were obviously the best team we are going to play this year. We didn’t make any mistakes and that kept us in the game,” senior lineman Kaleb Clous said.

Coming out in the second half, Gull Lake kicked off to the Lancers. Gull Lake’s defense came up with the stop, but a punt by Lakeshore put the ball on Gull Lake’s three yard line and a long field to go for Gull Lake. Unable to gain any yardage, Gull Lake punted from their own end zone. The punt was blocked and Lakeshore received the ball on the five yard line. Running the ball in from one yard out, the Lancers scored the first points of the game. Converting the extra point, the score was 0-7.

Getting the ball back, Gull Lake struggled to move the ball. On a rollout to the right, senior quarterback Hunter Snyder attempted to throw the ball while being dragged down. The ball landed right in the hands of a Lancer and they took it in for the touchdown. Converting the extra point, the Lancers quickly made the game 0-14. Getting the ball back, Gull Lake went three and out and punted the ball.

The punt was again blocked and the Lancers received the ball on the 41 yard line. Making the most of their field position, the Lancers dropped a 41 yard touchdown pass over the top of the Gull Lake defense. The score was set at 0-21.

Senior lineman Kaleb Clous lines up on defense hoping to blow up the play. Photo courtesy of Keyshawn Wilson.

Starting the fourth quarter, Gull Lake’s offense again failed to make anything happen and punted the ball. The tables turned when the Lancers messed up a handoff and fumbled the ball.

Senior linebacker Cade Stanton picked up the fumble and ran 56 yard for the Gull Lake touchdown. Converting the extra point, Gull Lake made the score 7-21. Shortly after, Lakeshore seemed to have scored again, but the Gull Lake defense caught the runner from behind and forced the fumble. The ball rolled out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. Gull Lake finally seemed to have found their stride in the game.

Gull Lake’s offense again went three and out and was forced to punt again. Lakeshore made quick work of the Devil’s defense and scored on a one yard run. The extra point was missed and the score was 7-27.

“My touchdown was really the highlight of the game. We knew it was gonna be a tough game but we just didn’t execute on offense and that really killed our chance to win,” Stanton said.

The game ended on a drive by the Gull Lake second string offense that seemed to achieve more yards than the first string did all game. Gull Lake was put to 2-3 and playoff hopes seem slight. Hoping to turn their season around, Gull Lake takes on the bearcats from Battle Creek Central for the annual Homecoming game on September 29. Gull Lake looks to win out and receive a playoff spot.

Ryan McMullen

I am the Sports Editor of The Reflection. I mainly write about football and basketball with a few miscellaneous articles here and there. I have won honorable mentions for my articles and this year I hope to win first place this year and win another Spartan Award for The Reflection.


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