LAKE ELSINORE --- Lakeside turned the ball over on four straight possessions to start the second half as San Jacinto blanked the Lancers, 21-0, in a nonleague game Friday night at Lakeside High.
The Tigers turned the four turnovers into two touchdowns as they even their record at 1-1.
"That is two weeks in a row that turnovers have killed us," Lakeside coach Trevor Watters said. "We are very young in our skill positions and they have a lot of learning to do."
After picking up just three first downs in the first half, the Lancers (0-2) were able to move the ball on offense to begin the third quarter, but a interception by sophomore quarterback Sean Cabrera gave the ball right back to San Jacinto. After forcing a 3-and-out, Cabrera tossed another interception that was returned the Lakeside 14 yard line by Kevin Ramos. Two plays later, quarterback Kevin Clark hooked up with Anthony Collins for an 11-yard score to push the lead to 14-0 with 6:27 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Lakeside once again had trouble holding onto the ball and San Jacinto 6-foot-8 defensive end David Irving scooping up a fumble and returned it eight yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 21-0 with 5:01 left.
The next possession saw another botched exchange that led to the fourth Lancer turnover.
"We need to protect the football," Watters said. "Even if we just hold the ball and punt at least we give our defense a chance."
The defense was the lone bright spot for the Lancers. In the first quarter, Lakeside's Ryan Byrd blocked a field goal attempt and the defensive line stuffed the Tigers on a 4th-and-goal at the one yard line.
"We played some good defense tonight. We really only gave up seven points," Watters said. "Once we get the offense rolling we are going to be a good football team. We are confident we are going to get it turned around."
Despite throwing the two interceptions, Cabrera showed signs of improvement as he threw for 110 yards on 12-of-17 passing. Byrd rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries for the Lancers.
Clark threw for 147 yards on 8-of-16 passing for the Tigers including a 66-yard touchdown pass to Immanuel Hutchinson in the second quarter. Osvaldo Sixtos led the Tigers ground attack with 77 yards on 10 carries.