Lake celebrates homecoming with 27-14 victory over IR

Isaiah Johnson of Lake Forest takes a handoff on the 2nd play of the game and outruns the Indian River defense for a touchdown Saturday. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

FELTON — The Lake Forest football team celebrated homecoming with a 27-14 victory over Indian River Saturday afternoon, picking up its second win of the season.

Donning throwback gold uniforms from the 1969 season, Lake Forest scored four rushing touchdowns — two by Elle Harden — and forced three IR turnovers in the 13-point victory.

The afternoon showdown opened up Lake’s Henlopen South schedule.

“It’s a win. It’s a Southern Division win. Those first four games were just preparation games to get to this game,” Lake head coach Fred Johnson said. “Our goal is always to try to compete for the South, but we know it’s very tough. So, we’re just going to work hard this week and get ready for Delmar.”

Indian River linebacker Jason Killen left) breaks through the Lake Forest line and latches onto quarterback Shyron Salandy until three teammates can bring him to the ground for a loss Saturday. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Freshman running back Isaiah Johnson kick-started the Spartans’ offense by bolting down the field for a 76-yard touchdown run a couple plays into the game. The Carter Kenton extra point provided Lake with the early 7-0 lead.

Lake’s defense made a stop and forced a punt on IR’s first possession, but a fumble on the punt return allowed IR to get the ball back at the Spartans’ 19-yard line.

Sophomore fullback JaQuan Floyd took advantage of the scoring opportunity and punched the ball in from the goal-line for IR’s first touchdown just a few plays later.

Pass intended for Indian riverÕs Nicholas Angelo in the end zone is broken up by Lake defender Nicholas Lane.

Just before the end of the opening quarter, Nick Lane regained the one-touchdown Lake Forest lead with a rushing touchdown.

Elle Harden extended Lake’s lead the following possession with his first of two rushing touchdowns, giving the Spartans a 21-7 halftime lead.

Indian River’s offense started a drive from its own 39-yard line to begin the second half, driving down the length of the field for the team’s second touchdown. Once again, it was 6-2, 200-pound Floyd who punched the ball in from the one-yard line.

Leading only by a touchdown, Lake’s defense forced two second-half turnovers and Harden scored his second touchdown of the game to seal the win.

“We’re just glad to be able to get the fans the win, they’ve been waiting for one here for a long time,” senior quarterback and defensive back Desaun Bizzell said.

Spartan linebacker Zavier Owens (36) and Nicholas Lane (3) stop Reshawn turner of Indian River after a short gain in the second half Saturday.

Bizzell shared quarterbacking duties with junior teammate Shyron Salandy. The duo combined for four touchdown drives, but the pair have a lot of work to do heading into the thick of the Henlopen Conference.

“I feel like we really need to work better on both offense and defense, but our team, if we get it together, I think we can be undefeated in the South,” Salandy said.

Heading into a Week 6 matchup with the Wildcats (4-1), Johnson would like to see the offense eliminate mistakes.

“Less mistakes and better effort,” Johnson simply said of what he’d like to work on this week.

“We know what we’re supposed to do, we just need to follow through with it,” Bizzell said.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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