Entering soggy Al Stockman Stadium on Homecoming, Gull Lake was the only SMAC opponent to never beat Lakeshore. A heavy dose of Zeke Rohl and Lakeshore’s smothering defense kept it that way. After their first three game losing streak since 1996, the Lancers overcame another 85+ yard kickoff return and found some running room in the second half for a crucial 27-16 victory over Gull Lake.
After a 9 yard Gull Lake punt in the 1st Quarter, Lakeshore took over at the Blue Devil 29 yard line. Zeke Rohl got the offense moving, and Treyjen Keim finished it with a 19 yard run for the early 7-0 lead. Gull Lake became the third opponent to run a kickoff back for touchdown this season, and a two point conversion put them ahead 8-7. Until late in the 4th Quarter, those were the only points Gull Lake scored as the defense rarely allowed the Blue Devil offense to sniff the black and red endzones.
The Gull Lake defense was introduced to dozens of run plays up the middle throughout the game, and Lakeshore eventually took advantage of the defensive alignment as Zeke Rohl scored three touchdown runs, including a 46 yard and 45 yard sprint away from the defensive pressure. Rohl totaled 24 carries for 161 yards with both long runs clearing the entire defense quickly as Gull Lake elected to pack in most defenders tightly to stop the run. Lakeshore attempted just two passes with Jimmy Gillette connecting on one for 16 yards to Grant Ruddell.
The Lancer defense held Gull Lake scoreless as the Blue Devils scored on the Lakeshore special teams and off a fumble in the closing minutes. Lakeshore held the Blue Devils to just 26 yards on 37 offensive plays. Kaleb Tollefson and Evin Koeppe often greeted the Blue Devils behind the line of scrimmage each finishing with four and three tackles for loss. Landen Thompson led all Lakeshore tacklers with six tackles. Grant Ruddell booted the ball four times for 160 yards.
Lakeshore hosts their final home game of the season as the Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants travel to Al Stockman Stadium. The Maroon Giants are 2-5 after their 7-6 loss to Niles while Lakeshore improved to 3-4 with tonight’s victory.