Lake Forest toasts homecoming with 45-8 win over Seaford

Quarterback Shyron Salandy sees space and takes off for a 49-yard score in the first quarter of Lake’s 45-8 homecoming win. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

FELTON — Lake Forest High’s defense set the tempo and intensity from the opening whistle in a 45-8 homecoming victory over Seaford High Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans (4-4) put up five first-quarter touchdowns and forced three turnovers en route to the 37-point blowout.

Just 1:19 into the game, junior defensive lineman Kristopher Thompson recovered a Seaford fumble at the 14-yard line.

“It’s always exciting to start the game off with a big play, and I think that gets the kids going,” said Lake coach Fred Johnson. “It seems like every game we’ve won, we start off with a big play.”

“We recovered it so quickly and so deep [into Seaford territory]. Everyone got hyped, and then the fans got hyped,” Thompson said.

“As soon as we got one good defensive play, everyone else wanted to make plays too. Everyone was out there flying around, giving 100 percent. It was the domino effect.”

A few plays later, Lake cashed in on the turnover as senior starting quarterback Shyron Salandy ran for a 13-yard score. The extra point put Lake ahead 7-0 less than three minutes into the game.

Senior defensive end Christopher Kennedy drags down Seaford ballcarrier Leroy McLaughlin Jr.

“It feels great. We came out here with intensity — we have to come out every game like that,” Salandy said. “We just came out fired up, hitting everybody. We came out and scored on the first drive and it kept everyone up on the sideline. I love it.”

Following a Seaford turnover on downs, senior running back Christopher Allen tacked on a 16-yard rushing touchdown for the Spartans with 6:21 left in the quarter to push the lead to 14-0.

Thompson recovered his second fumble of the quarter on the Blue Jays’ ensuing possession, setting up a 13-yard touchdown run from senior running back JaJuan Reid at the 4:54 mark of the quarter.

Senior defensive back Isaac Sample picked up a Seaford fumble in the end zone for a defensive touchdown just 32 seconds into the Blue Jays’ fourth drive of the game to extend the lead to 28-0.

A Seaford punt set the Spartans up near midfield, and it didn’t take long before Salandy tacked on his second rushing touchdown of the quarter on a 49-yard score with 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

“My shoulder is messed up, and he [the receiver] was out a little bit too far, so I didn’t want to throw it,” said Salandy. “I saw the open space, and I felt someone behind me, so that’s why I just started taking off. I cut back, saw the open lane and ran for the touchdown.”

Reid tacked on his second TD run of the day, from 31 yards out, with 9:33 remaining in the opening half.

With a 42-0 halftime advantage, the Spartans entered the second half of play with a running clock.

Seaford put up a two-yard rushing touchdown from sophomore fullback Raymond Brady as time expired in the third quarter and the successful two-point conversion brought the score to within 42-8.

A successful 34-yard field goal kick off the leg of Lake placekicker Kade Collins capped the game’s scoring at the 8:05 mark of the fourth quarter.

Defensively, the Spartans forced a pair of punts and three turnovers on downs to go along with the three fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.

The offense combined for five rushing touchdowns from Salandy (two), Reid (two) and Allen.

“We have three kids in that backfield that can go at any time, the line blocks well and if those guys can just get a crease they can take it to the house,” Johnson said. “We just need to make big plays early for the next couple of weeks and we’ll be fine.”

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