Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo
Photos by Loagan Memmer, LVHS senior/ Conexión intern

SAN ANGELO – On Lake View’s final home game of the season, designated senior night, the Chiefs’ Braveheart stand against the Abilene Cooper Cougars while gallant, went for naught as Cooper roughed up Lake View, 70-19. The Cougars went through the middle of the Chiefs' defense, around the defense or in the air, it didn’t matter. 

As for how the game played out at San Angelo Stadium. On the Chiefs first two series it went like this. Lake View picks up a first down, then goes three-and-out to punt the ball to Abilene Cooper.

On Cooper’s first series, quarterback, Ender Freeman, hands off to his back, Tyrees Whitfield, who goes up the middle from 5-yards out to finish off a quick drive. After the PAT, it’s Cougars, 7, Chiefs 0 with 8:57 left in the first quarter.

On the Chiefs second series, Lake View picks up a first down; but then has to punt on a three-and-out drive. Before that though, Chiefs senior, quarterback, Henry Nickias, is able to pick up a first down when he connects on a 22-yard pass to fellow senior, Alex Ayala. Unfortunately, Lake View can’t sustain the drive, thus has to punt again.

The Cougars’ next drive results in a touchdown, with ‘back, Whitfield again scoring on a counter sweep to the right, for a 39-yard jaunt. On the night, Whitfield ran for 135 yards and scored two more touchdowns from 22 yards and three yards just before the half.  Abilene Cooper scored on all of its six possessions in the first half alone, to lead 49-13.

As for the Chiefs, Lake View’s fourth series drive finally gets points on the board but the first quarter ends with Cooper 21, Chiefs 0. Lake View finally scores a touchdown on a third-and-five when quarterback, Henry Nickias, connects with receiver, Pedro Rodriguez. After PAT, it is Chiefs 7, Cougars 21 early in the second quarter.

Lake View soldiered on despite the onslaught of scoring by Cooper. Chiefs’ senior, Nickias, didn’t go quietly away into the night as he continued to take his shots downfield. Twice, Nickias connected on touchdown passes that were of the deep variety kind—one a 71-yarder to Ayala; another one went for 77-yards to Rodriguez. For the night, Nickias finished 14 out of 30 for 300 plus yards.

The Chiefs (0-9, 0-4) finish out the 2017 season on the road next week against Lubbock Cooper High School; kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Lake View Chiefs’ football team had 24 seniors honored prior to the game on senior night.   

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