Lakers defeated in first district game of season

It was a rough start to the district slate of the schedule Friday night, as the Warren East Raiders came to town and left victorious by a score of 47-12 over the Russell County Lakers.

The Raiders scored on the opening possession, and Russell County followed with an offensive drive of its own, but stalled inside the red zone and penalties backed the Lakers up, failing to convert a 4th and 20.

On the next drive, the Raiders converted 4th and 2 with a 61-yard touchdown run, and following an interception, the Raiders took over with great field position and scored again leading 19-0 at the end of the first quarter.

That score would hold through the second quarter, and Warren East would strike first in the second half, going up 25-0.

The Lakers countered, as Trystan Bennett scored his first touchdown of the season to trim the lead to 25-6 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter.

The Raiders quickly scored again on a 63-yard touchdown run and were able to pull away from the win.

The second Laker score came as time expired as Owen Loy heaved a pass into the end zone, which was caught by Trace Stringer to make the final score 47-12.

The loss makes the fourth in a row for Russell County as the Lakers fall to 1-4 on the season.

Next week, the Lakers go on the road for a district matchup with Warren Central.

The Dragons enter at 2-2 and are coming off a district win over Allen County-Scottsville, the first district win for the Dragons in seven years.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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