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Lakes To Face O'Dea On The Road In State Play-In Game Saturday

The game starts at 4 p.m., at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

  • WHAT: Lakes' state play-in game against O'Dea
  • WHEN: 4 p.m., Saturday
  • WHERE: Seattle Memorial Stadium, 401 5th Ave. N.

Nobody ever said regrouping would be easy.

A week after losing to Peninsula for the SPSL 3A title, the Lancers must now hit the road in a state play-in game at O'Dea in Seattle.

Lakes Coach Dave Miller must help his team recover from its loss to the Seahawks and focus on the perennial Metro League power. No easy task, for sure.

One thing that will help is to have a big showing from the local fans. Let's go get 'em Lancers.

Ken Jones October 30, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Lakes' Coach Dave Miller, the OC and DC must make better game time adjustments! The OL has to give Rhys Gervais a pocket for 5 to 7 seconds. Rhys has to stop throwin' the ball off his back foot ... follow through! Sammie Long and Marquin Russell have to go get the ball. Celab Lyons, Kevin Thompson and Dre Milton keep hitting the holes, pound and grind for those extra inches. Defense has to shut down the pass completions! The pass completions are killin' the defensive efforts!
Ken Jones November 01, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Rhys Gervais is having a difficult time as the Lancers’ quarterback. He’s thrown 12 interceptions in 9 games. He’s an inconsistent performer and his interceptions have come in challenging games. Ouch. That’s the bad news for Lancers’ fans. The good news, Rhys rarely has consecutive bad games passing. I watched several game films from 2011 and 2012. When Rhys is technically sound as a passer, Puyallup and Lakes won. This game comes down to Rhys Gervais’ performance. This season, when the offense is sound, the Lancers’ defense is solid. Coach Miller and Lakes’ Offensive Coordinator should slowly let Rhys build his passing game confidence. In others words, run the ball and throw quick outs, ins, hooks and slants until Rhys finds his confidence, then spread the field … let Rhys pull the trigger to Sammie, Marquin, Celab, Isaac, Benning, Kevin and Dre. If Lakes’ coaching can control the opportunities for Rhys to build his confidence, the Lancers win. At Lakes, We Go Hard.
Brent Champaco November 01, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Good analysis, Ken. In the few games that I've watched Rhys, he has played fairly well. In the upset over Bellarmine, for example, he did a great job of keeping calm when the play broke down, moving outside the pocket and finding the first down marker via pass or scramble. We have also got to give credit where it's due. Peninsula is a darn good team. They could have pushed any, if not all, 3A teams to the limit. I especially agree with you, however, that Rhys should be given the freedom to air it out. That receiving corps is too good to play conservatively. Sammie Long, I expect, will want to leave his mark on the high school game before moving on to Montlake, so let's get him the ball. Wow, it's going to be a great game this weekend.
Ken Jones November 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Last year, I send Coach Miller an e-mail. I suggested that he should enhance Lakes' special teams play, especially the FGs and PATs. Obviously, he ignored my suggestion. Close games are won by several points. With over 33 years of coaching experience, I think Coach Miller doesn't have the resources to win close games. Lakes alumni, let's get Coach Miller a special teams coach. Then maybe Lakes can win close games by a FG or PAT.

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