RUBIDOUX ---- Lakeside head coach Trevor Watters knows his team has to play smart football to win, but the Lancers struggled as Riverside Patriot pounded Lakeside from the opening kickoff and cruised to a 31-7 victory Thursday.
"We have had a lot of injuries (on our line) but that is no excuse for that (the score), Watters said. "They came out and pushed us around and kept our defense on the field a long time."
The Warriors took the opening drive 57 yards, using eight straight rushing plays culminating on an 8-yard run by Junior Vallejo that took almost five minutes off the clock.
After a four-and-out by the Lancers, the Warriors used ten straight rushing plays that ended when Vallejo scored again on a 2-yard run.
"It was no secret what we wanted to do, we wanted to run the ball and use the clock," Vallejo said. "Our line was just getting a great push and we were just able to move the ball down the field."
Heading into halftime trailing 17-0, the Lancers came out fired up to start the second half.
Starting at their own 35-yard line, Lakeside's offense finally got rolling when Melvin Washington had two carries for 10 yards and quarterback Dakota Wilson hit Jonathan Lilly with a short 9-yard pass, putting the Lancers within striking distance.
On a 1st and 20 from the Warriors 25-yard line, Wilson rolled to his right and fired a fade pass where Lilly caught a one-handed pass in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
"Our passing game showed some signs of life early in the second and late in the game," Watters said. "We are going to have to make some changes and see what we can do offensively."
After the Lancers defense stopped the Warriors on their next possession, the offense tried to continue their push but two sacks on successive plays by Riverside's Daniel Rico ended the drive.
After holding the Warriors scoreless in the third quarter, the Lancers' hopes were dashed on the second play of the fourth quarter when Vallejo took the snap at his own 25, ran up the middle and spun outside, breaking five tackles and rolled 75 yards into the end zone.
"That kind of broke their backs," Vallejo said. "We knew we had the game after that."
The Lancers' totaled 151 total yards on offense, 125 in the air as the Warriors offense controlled the clock and dominated on both sides of the ball.
Vallejo led all runners with 208 yards and four touchdowns while Wilson led the Lancers completing 11-of-17 for 125 yards in only his second game as a starter.
"We are going to make some adjustments and luckily we have a bye week to get ready for our league opener against Elsinore," Watters said.