If Lakewood’s win over Bay last week was a warning shot to the Great Lakes Conference, then Friday's 55-3 rout over Fairview was a full barrage by the Rangers.
Lakewood, 3-0, exploded for 21 first-quarter points and never looked back. As usual, the sparkplug in the Ranger offense was Hakeem Quran. In the season opener, a win over John Marshall, Quran set a school record with 285 yards, and the senior running back eclipsed that record with 323 yards and seven touchdowns against the visiting Warriors.
How has it been since Lakewood started a season 3-0? Even coach Tom Thome isn't sure.
“It was either 1995 or '98,” Thome said. “I'm not sure, but I do know they haven't been 3-0 this Millennium.”
In reality, winning three games in a season would have been considered a success in the recent past. But the Rangers have dedicated themselves to football, said Thome.
“They bought in,” Thome said. “I could give you the same lingo every coach says. But the truth is they bought in. They are good kids. They're good in the classroom and they're good in the community. We're winning with good kids.”
How dominant was the game? The Rangers had more offense on Quran's first two carries than the Warriors (0-3) had in the entire first half. In fact, for most of the first half, the Warriors had more incomplete passes than offensive yardage.
Even with Quran's impressive night, it was another running back that opened the scoring when Javion Goudy broke loose on a 30-yard touchdown run. David Burn's extra point gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead with just 3:20 gone in the contest.
And then Quran began his show. On the next possession, he scored on a 66-yard run and then scored on a 17-yard run before the quarter was over.
While Quran was dominating the game on the offensive side, the Rangers, led by Josh Boharjak, were shutting down Fairview. For the first half, Fairview had just 33 yards, thanks mainly to a 45-yard pass completion, the only completion in the half.
After Lakewood built a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter, the Warriors scored on a 32-yard field goal by David Nemeth.
The Rangers onslaught continued when they used a short field to drive 42 yards in four plays – all runs by Quran – before the shifty senior scored on an 8-yard run.
Quran's final three scores came in the second half on runs of 12, 29 and 27 yards.
“They've got a great football team,” Fairview coach Sean Ranc said. “He's a great running back.”
The Rangers will be traveling to Rocky River (2-1) next Friday. The Pirates are coming off a 30-29 loss to Valley Forge.
“They've got a good team,” said Thome of the Pirates. “They've got a great running back who's signed with Wake Forest, and their quarterback is very good. They are big up front.”
Meanwhile, Fairview will be looking to break its skid when it hosts Normandy.
“We tell the kids to keep on trying,” Ranc said. “We're going to keep working in the coaches office. They'll keep on working on the field. We're going to right this ship.”
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