Lakewood coach Tom Thome could only shake his head. His Rangers had a tough time in losing 28-12 to visiting Holy Name last Friday.
It was the second consecutive loss by the Rangers.
“We just have got to get back to work,” Thome said.”We've got to regroup. We've got to get some guys healthy.”
In losing the homecoming game to the Green Wave, the Rangers (4-2, 0-1 Great Lakes Conference East Division) dropped their first game in the Great Lakes Conference.
“Our kids fought hard,” Thome said. “They never quit.”
Holy Name (2-3, 1-1) used a 1-2 punch at running back with battering-ram Krizton Sanchez and change-of-pace runner Richard Jordan. Sanchez led the way with 205 yards on 23 carries, while Jordan added 79 yards. Overall, the Green Wave had 304 yards rushing.
Meanwhile, Lakewood's running game was virtually shut down by the Green Wave, holding Hakeem Quran to just 36 yards on 21 carries. As a team, the Rangers had just 61 yards.
The Rangers relied on the passing of Lucas Winters, who passed for 142 yards and a touchdown in completing 12 of 18 passes.
The Green Wave gave a preview of the game plan on the first possessions by each team. First, they stopped the Ranger running game, and then after the punt, they drove 78 yards in seven plays with Sanchez carrying six times. He capped off the drive with a 26-yard touchdown with 5:29 left in the first quarter.
However, Lakewood did not panic. Instead, the Rangers had an impressive 65-yard scoring drive that took 17 plays, capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Winter to Eddie Gilick. However, the extra point bounced off the left upright as Holy Name led, 7-6 with 8:45 left in the half.
The Rangers took the lead at 12-7 on its next drive when Winters broke loose around left end for a 46-yard touchdown run. The pass for the two-point conversion failed.
But the lead was short-lived. Holy Family scored on a five-play, 50-yard drive to take a 14-12 lead with 3:23 left in the half.
The Green Wave opened the second half with another impressive drive, going 65 yards in eight plays before Sanchez scored on a 1-yard run with 7:53 left in the third quarter.
A stubborn Lakewood defensive stand stopped Holy Family on the next drive as Javion Goudy, Brandon Bates and others stopped the Green Wave on four downs inside the Ranger 4.
Getting a short field after holding Lakewood on downs, the Green Wave added its final score on an 8-yard run by Sanchez that capped a 35-yard, four play drive.
But the Rangers did not quit. Behind the passing of Winters, the Rangers drove to the Holy Name 18 before a tipped pass was intercepted in the end zone by the Green Wave.
“The kids kept trying,” Thome said. “I'm proud of the way they never gave up.”
On Saturday, Lakewood travels to Parma (2-2, 1-1 GLC East).
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