But North Cobb Christian gave up too many explosive plays on defense and settled for a 42-7 loss to Lakeview Academy on Friday night at Jacob Dennis Field.
The Eagles (1-7) gave up four long running plays in the first half to help Lakeview (2-6) build a 28-7 halftime lead, and they couldn’t generate enough offense in the second to attempt a comeback.
Not only did North Cobb Christian have difficulty containing the run, it struggled to convert in the red zone, especially in the first half.
“They had explosive plays and popped a few big runs early,” North Cobb Christian coach Scott Ryle said of Lakeview. “And we didn’t finish drives early.”
The Eagles sustained a lengthy drive to start the game but stalled on the Lakeview 11-yard line and missed a 28-yard field goal. Lakeview answered quickly with a touchdown on its opening possession.
North Cobb Christian was more successful on its second drive, however, when it ended with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Zach Bollinger to Towne to tie the game.
But stopping Lakeview Academy’s running game ended up being a challenge for a defense that consists of mostly underclassmen players. The Lions answered again with another score, and the Eagles put together another lengthy drive only to have it end with a missed field goal.
Lakeview then broke a huge run from roughly 80 yards out to gain separation. North Cobb Christian had a chance to stay in the game late in the first half when it got into red zone, but the drive ended with an interception.
Lakeview tacked on two more scores to put the game out of reach.
“We have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores out there on defense, and you’re not going to win all those 1-on-1 battles,” Ryle said. “(Lakeview was) big and explosive, and we’ll have another test this Friday.”
After losing running back David Brittingham to a knee injury last week against Towns County, the Eagles got another scare when Moeller left the game with a deep bruise. But Lyle is expecting Moeller to play next Friday at St. Francis.