Entering tonight’s game, Lakeshore had not started a season 0-3 since 1987. For the Niles Vikings, it has been 5,460 days (September 26, 2003) since they scored a victory over the Lakeshore Lancers. In a tight contest that turned on Mason Murphy’s two interceptions, the Lancers picked up their first victory of the season after winning 7-0 at Viking Stadium.
The offense had early momentum as Zeke Rohl rushed around the Viking defense for a 49 yard touchdown score, but it was called back because of a block in the back. The Vikings had a tough time moving the ball against a stingy defense, and the Lancers found themselves knocking on the door before halftime. A Lakeshore turnover ended the first half deadlocked 0-0.
Zeke Rohl led the offense with 116 yards rushing providing crucial first downs late in the game to ice the Lakeshore victory. Jake Trivedi scored the only touchdown of the game on his one yard plunge that was setup by one of two Viking turnovers.
Mason Murphy intercepted both passes as a result of the defensive pressure, and his first interception return to the Vikings 18 yard line placed the Lancer offense in prime position, leading to the score. Murphy intercepted a second pass when Niles setup for the screen play, but he stepped into the passing lane securing the ball. The Vikings struggled to complete passing plays due to the Lancers constant defensive rush leading to multiple sacks and tackles for loss.
Lakeshore returns to Al Stockman Stadium next Friday night for the War by the Shore against arch-rival St. Joe. Lakeshore (1-2, 1-1 SMAC West) squares off against the Bears (2-1, 2-0 SMAC West) at 7 p.m. on Teacher Appreciation Night.