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Lakeside JH takes two from Magnolia

by James Leigh | October 3, 2021 at 3:52 a.m.

Lakeside's junior high took a pair of wins over Magnolia Thursday night at Chick Austin Field.

The junior Rams (6-0, 3-0) took a 41-13 win while the eighth-grade Rams (5-1, 3-0) won 6-0.

Ryan Ballard broke free with 1:13 off the clock for a 59-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead after a failed conversion attempt.

Grady Ohman forced and recovered a Magnolia fumble on the junior Panthers' first play, and Ballard hit Ohman for a 37-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead after Ballard ran the ball in on the conversion with 5:15 left in the first quarter.

The junior Panthers scored to cut the spread in half before Britton Diaz recovered another Magnolia fumble early in the second to set up a 4-yard TD run by Ohman, who also ran the ball in on the conversion. Joseph Newman scored on a 3-yard run with 3:13 left in the half for a 28-7 lead at intermission.

Landon Rhea picked off a junior Panthers pass on the team's first drive of the half, and Ballard found Zakk Haywood for a 91-yard touchdown pass. Sam Luse's kick made it 35-7.

Elijah Witherspoon recovered a third Magnolia fumble to set up a screen from Ballard to Ohman with 7:24 left in the game before the junior Panthers scored late in the fourth to set the final.

Ballard finished 5-for-7 passing for 154 yards and three touchdowns while carrying four times for 121 yards and a score, and Haywood had 141 all-purpose yards. Ohman led the team defensively with 11 tackles, Witherspoon had nine, including three for loss, and Diaz and Haywood had eight apiece.

The only score of the game came on the eighth-grade Rams' first drive of the second half. Following a defensive stand, Wally Wolcott found Drew Morgan on passes of 27 and 15 yards before Chris Ford broke free for a 32-yard touchdown run with 1:00 left in the third.

Javarius Russell had an interception on Magnolia's next drive to secure the shutout.

Jeremiah Evans led the defense with eight tackles, four for loss, Ford and Luke Wrublesky had seven tackles each, and Cannon Martin finished with six. Ford finished with eight carries for 91 yards and a score.

The two teams host Texarkana Thursday.


The Great American Conference recently announced the league's volleyball players of the week with Arkansas Tech's Tymber Riley and Oklahoma Baptist's Taneyah Brown sharing the offensive award. Harding's Emma Winiger and Sarah Morehead picked up the defensive and setter awards, respectively.

Riley had 18 kills, 16 digs and three aces against Henderson State in a four-set win and had 12 kills against Southern Arkansas to finish the week with 4.29 kills per set and 4.93 points per set to lead the league. Brown averaged 3.83 kills per set and hit .405 on the week, picking up 10 kills and hitting .368 against East Central and hit .435 against Northwestern Oklahoma State while adding six blocks.

Winiger picked up 52 digs to tie for the GAC lead while averaging 7.43 per set to lead. She had 16 against Ouachita Baptist before notching a career-high 36 against HSU.

Morehead averaged 13.43 assists per set on the week with 41 assists and seven digs against OBU and a season-high 53 assists and 15 digs against HSU.


NWOSU's Jason Rivera and Southern Nazarene's Daniel Trojman earned the GAC's men's co-offensive player of the week award while Fort Hays State's Jonathan Gammelvind and Northeastern State's Niklas Kirhoff earned the defender and goalkeeper awards, respectively.

Rivera scored both of his team's game-winning goals in a 2-0 win over Harding and a 1-0 win over OBU and leads the conference with five goals. Trojman scored the deciding goals against Harding and OBU.

Gammelvind played a full 90 minutes and offered an assist on the first goal of the match in a 3-1 win over Rogers State. Kirhoff recorded clean sheets against Harding (four saves) and OBU (two saves) to drop his goals-against average to 1.84.

Oklahoma Baptist's Hannah White earned the league's women's offensive award while teammate Maddison Williams picked up the defender award. OBU's Michele Snow earned the keeper award.

White recorded a pair of goals in a 3-0 win over East Central, both in a three-minute span. Williams anchored the Bison back line while recording a pair of clearances and earned her first career goal.

Snow picked up her fourth-straight shutout, dropping her goals-against average to 0.49 while recording 24 saves in her last four games.

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