The Lakeshore High Titan football team continued to cement its status as the premier football program in St. Tammany Parish after a 55-7 victory over Franklinton on Thursday night at Titan Coliseum.
The game was moved up to Thursday in an effort to avoid potential severe weather forecasted throughout St. Tammany Parish on Friday.
With the win, the Titans (8-0 overall, 1-0 in District 8-4A) won their 30th consecutive regular season game, tying the mark set by Covington High from 1973-1977. The Lions went 38 consecutive regular season games without a loss, tying Baker 20-20 in 1974. Ironically, the last team to defeat Lakeshore in the regular season was Franklinton, which defeated the Titans 27-21 on Oct. 21, 2016.
“It’s a result of a lot of hard work by a lot of good players over these last several years,” senior quarterback Christian Westcott said. “This program continues to grow each and every week and I’m proud to be part of it.”
After fumbling on its opening possession Lakeshore got on the board late in the first quarter when a 4-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Maximus Lowery capped off an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive to give the Titans a 7-0 advantage.
The Lakeshore defense forced a punt on the ensuing Franklinton possession and Lakeshore responded with a seven-play, 72-yard drive, capped off by another touchdown run by Lowery, this time from a yard out to make it 14-0 Titans.
Late in the second quarter, a punt by Westcott pinned the Demons inside their own 2-yard line. After Lakeshore forced another Franklinton punt, Westcott led the Titans on a quick, four-play scoring drive, finding Cullan Zeigler for an 18-yard scoring strike to send his team to the locker-room with a 20-0 advantage at the half.
Westcott’s legs resulted in the fourth touchdown of the game for the Titans as he led his team on a nine-play drive to start the second half, busting through the line of scrimmage for a 3-yard touchdown run and a 27-0 Lakeshore lead.
The senior quarterback accounted for 495 yards of total offense on the night, completing 18 of 30 passes for 310 yards and two scores while rushing for 185 yards on 14 carries and four more touchdowns.
Lowery, Westcott’s teammate in the backfield, finished with 49 yards on 15 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
The other big story of the game was the Lakeshore defense, which held Franklinton to 118 yards of total offense and intercepting three passes.
“Great way to start off district play,” Lakeshore senior defensive tackle Zack Bernard said. “We thought we could come in here and punch them (Franklinton) in the mouth.
His teammate on the defensive line, senior Scott Scalia, got things going for the Lakeshore defense with a pair of sacks in the first quarter.
“A win like this, especially how we played on the defensive side of the ball shows that we are capable of being the best team in this district,” Scalia said. “I thought we came out and made a big statement early on the defensive side of the ball.”
Lakeshore will look to set the new parish mark next week when it hosts to Pearl River, while Franklinton (4-4, 0-1) returns home to take on the Salmen Spartans.