The visiting Cavaliers jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the first half, led by three running touchdowns by senior Deshun Brown and a 32-yard quarterback sneak by senior Travon DeSaussure.
"The kids came out and they just committed themselves to playing hard on every single play," said Chanterius Brock, who got a win in his first game as head coach of South Lake. "We are nowhere near where we want to be, but we are definitely excited about getting the first win."
The second half started with a bit of trickery, with an on-side kick by Lake Shore that was recovered by the Shorians. Quarterback Jimmy White guided his offense down field and connected with junior D'vonte Owens for the Shorians only touchdown of the game.
South Lake ended the game with touchdown passes Jalen Dingle and Jordon Culver. A last minute drive by Lake Shore, helped by at three late South Lake penalties, was unsuccessful as the Cavaliers defense stopped the Shorians on the four yard line as time expired.
"They were bigger, faster, stronger and they were tougher and played with more heart," said Tom Iwanicki, Lake Shore's head coach. "They were by far the better team than we were tonight."
Lake Shore's next opponent is Marysville, and coach Iwanicki will be getting his team ready for the game Wednesday.
"We are going to see if we can correct the mistakes and see if we can find a little bit of a mean streak," he said.
The Cavaliers travel to East Detroit Wednesday for their next game, and their coach will continue to remind his players about "chasing perfection," a quote he borrowed from Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi as they have a goal to win the state championship.
"In our quest for perfection, we are going to catch greatness," said Brock. "The last two years this program had no problem getting to the state playoffs. It is about finishing and making a run at it. That's what we hope to do."
Before the game, a student tailgate was held a number of activities including football video games on flat-screen televisions provided by Best Buy, music from the School of Rock and a visit by Miss St. Clair Shores Sarah Suydam.
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