Battle of the Bayou Blowout, Spring Lake trounces Fruitport 54-22
Due to the conference changes for the 2020-2021 school year for all athletics, the anticipated “Battle of the Bayou” rivalry game was moved to the last week of the regular season. The long wait for this highly-anticipated matchup did not disappoint Laker fans as Spring Lake easily defeated long-time rivals Fruitport for the third year in a row, 54-22.
Both sides of the ball played exceptionally well with the Laker defense forcing turnovers on five different occasions and the Laker offense scoring an impressive season-high with 54 points. Sophomore, Alex Lee was the first to find the endzone on Friday night for the Lakers with a five-yard touchdown run to take the lead in the first quarter, 7-6. That was followed by a pair of senior, Zach Mitchell’s touchdowns (1-yard run and an 11-yard run) to increase the Laker lead to a comfortable 20-6 lead before the Trojans found the endzone with only a few seconds remaining in the first half.
Spring Lake started the second half strong with 28 unanswered points to take a commanding 48-20 lead. Among these scorers was sophomore Derrick Paggeot’s two touchdown receptions from Mitchell. Along with senior Sam Sheridan’s scoop and score off a Fruitport fumble on a kickoff and then a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Christian Folkert. Fruitport managed to find the endzone one more time before the game was over and the Lakers also scored once more in the fourth quarter when Zach Mitchell capitalized for his third touchdown on the night with a 1-yard run.
With this impressive win, the Lakers have birthed their first home playoff game in many years by earning a number one spot in their district. The Lakers will play at Grabinski Field at 7 P.M. on Friday against the Fremont Packers. The Lakers will compete to win their first playoff game in nineteen years.