Sloppy play and a lack of focus resulted in the Lake Forest High School football team’s first loss of the season when it fell to Mount Pleasant High School, 35-27, Sept. 26. The Spartans are looking to refocus their efforts this week and prepare for an inner-conference game against Laurel.

Big plays were the theme of the day in the Sept. 26 Lake Forest and Mount Pleasant football game, as the Spartans dropped their first game of the year, 35-27.

The Saturday morning match-up was a back and forth affair that featured six lead changes and saw LF (2-1, 1-0) fail to convert on some late opportunities handed to them by the Green Knights (2-1, 1-0).

Head Coach Fred Johnson said the loss was not acceptable, as he felt his team would have won the game if it had made its best effort.

“[Mount Pleasant] just played like they wanted it more than us,” Johnson said. “They had big plays and we didn’t, and they capitalized on our mistakes.”

The coach, who was visibly aggravated after the game, said the Spartans came into the game lacking focus as they got away from the game plan that had been put in place by the coaching staff.

“Some of the kids were overanxious and they just got outside of our plan. They weren’t doing what they were supposed to do,” he said. “We just have to watch the film to go over and show them their mistakes, and also make sure they understand what we need from them.”

The Spartans, Johnson said, need to get things together quickly, as they open Henlopen South Conference play this weekend when they travel to Laurel High School.

Sporting the same record of 2-1 as their competition, the Bulldogs also will be hungry coming into the game as they look to bounce back from a 49-8 loss against Sussex Tech last weekend.

One of the main things Johnson said needs to be corrected is the play of quarterback Josh Webb, who threw three interceptions against Mount Pleasant.

The Spartans coach said his quarterback lost confidence in the game this past weekend and needs to become more instinctive on how much time he has so as not to rush plays.

“He was panicking,” Johnson said. “He had more time to hang in the pocket but he wasn’t patient. He has to understand that sometimes he needs to stay in the pocket and take a hit to get off a complete pass.

“We’re going to watch the film and give him a chance to see that he does have protection.”

Lake returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, when it travels to Laurel High School.

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Who: Lake Forest High School (2-1, 1-0) at Laurel High School (2-1, 0-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
Where: Laurel High School, 1133 S. Central Ave., Laurel