Lake’s Lewis provides senior leadership

FELTON — There are just four more games left in Cam Lewis’ high school football career.

This year hasn’t gone how the Lake Forest senior tight end and linebacker would have liked.

The Spartans are still searching for their first win, entering tonight’s nonconference contest again Glasgow High at 0-6. The six losses are more than Lewis experienced over the last two years he’s been on the varsity team.

But it hasn’t affected how Lewis plays the game. His coach Freddie Johnson tells a story about how earlier this year in the second half of a game where Lake Forest was far behind, Lewis tore through the line and blocked a punt.lake-cam-lewis

“I know it’s a little frustrating for him because he’s not used to losing in football,” Johnson said. “But he’s really maintained a positive attitude and is working hard. Even at the end of the game he’s going in for a sack, he’s got several block punts and pass deflections so he’s really giving his all out there.”

“That’s very important because the younger guys can see that regardless of the situation you don’t quit and you keep playing hard,” Johnson added. “I think he’s setting a really good example for the younger kids.”

For a team who was in the Division II state tournament each of the last two seasons, 2016 is a harsh reminder of how cyclical high school football can sometimes be.

Lewis is the lone remaining starter from the core of the team which won back-to-back Henlopen Conference Southern Division championships in 2014 and 2015. That is want is inspiring him to help the Spartans finish this season on a positive note.

“We don’t want to throw that all away,” Lewis said. “It hasn’t worked out as we thought it would but we’re still going to try to finish out strong. We don’t want to keep losing. We want to finish with some wins and stay strong.”

As a sophomore, Lewis was part of a 10-0 regular season before the Spartans suffered a heart-breaking loss to eventual state champion Hodgson in the first round. In his junior year, Lake Forest went 8-2, again going unbeaten in the Henlopen South.

Lewis knew at the beginning of this season though he would have to take a new leadership role. Most of the Spartans had not played a varsity football game until the season opener this year.

That’s why he tries to lead by example, like working to block punts despite the fact that some would think the game might have been out of reach.

“I’ve been through it all,” Lewis said. “I know that we can come back from any deficit if we work hard and stay focused. We’re getting better and improving on the little things as people are getting more experienced.”

Johnson credits Lewis and the rest of the senior class for their attitude at practice which carries over into the games.

“One thing about this group is they come out everyday and believe they can win,” Johnson said. “I don’t have to emphasize to keep their heads up. They know the expectations and come to practice to work hard everyday which shows me they believe and they know they are getting better.”

The Spartans have another tough task tonight. Glasgow brings an unbeaten record of 6-0 into the matchup. Lake Forest did defeat the Dragons on the road a year ago, 35-27.

Lake Forest closes out the season with three consecutive Henlopen South contests — Seaford (1-5), Indian River (2-4) and Milford (6-0).

“We are getting better but we’re still doing what young teams do and are making mistakes at important times,” Johnson said. “They’re playing hard. We told them if we can eliminate the mistakes then we can be a competitive team and get some wins here.”

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