Lakehill traveled to McKinney last Friday to take on Cornerstone Christian in a battle of the Warriors. What ensued was one of the more memorable games in Lakehill football history.
The first half was a defensive battle between both squads, with Lakehill making a couple of strong goal-line stands to preserve a 12-8 halftime lead. The offenses opened up in the second half with numerous lead changes. Cornerstone took a 44-38 lead with less than four minutes left in the game, but Lakehill steadily marched back down the field. Senior Griffin Burt's short run tied the game at 44-44 with a minute left. However, Lakehill's attempt to take the lead failed when senior Brandon Bartholow was tackled just short of the goal-line on the conversion attempt. Cornerstone rapidly marched to the Lakehill 20-yard line after the ensuing kick-off, but once again the defense rose to the occasion and held them out of the end zone, forcing overtime.
Cornerstone scored on the first play of their possession to quickly take a 50-44 lead. On their conversion kick, freshman Gaige McKnight
and several others broke through the line and blocked the kick, changing the momentum of the game. Lakehill wasted no time on offense, scoring in five plays to tie the game at 50-50. Bartholow plowed into the end zone for the winning conversion attempt as the Lakehill players stormed the field after the 51-50 victory. (See video
The win was a great team effort. Bartholow and Burt each set personal bests rushing: Bartholow rushing for 390 yards and six touchdowns (breaking his own school record set one week earlier), and Burt rushing for 81 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was led by junior Warren Lester, and got strong contributions from two freshmen -Jonah Shaw and Harrison Lankford.
"This was an unbelievable team effort," said Head Coach Chris Peacock. "We're still not at full-strength, still have some guys out with injuries, but everyone just kept battling, wouldn't give up. A number of younger guys stepped in for us and helped make plays to win the game. Just amazing." Lakehill is now 2-2 and will travel cross town to play old district foe Tyler Street Christian on Friday, September 23. Kickoff will be early at 4:30 p.m.