Lakeside Warriors back on the field after two-week layoff

By Josh Beavers

It’s been quite a while, but Lakeside will finally be back on the football field tomorrow night.

The Warriors (2-0) have not played since Week One when they defeated Magnolia Charter by a 39-0 score. The next week’s game was cancelled due to Covid restrictions placed on Block High School.

Week Three was already slated to be an open date, and that has set the scene for Lakeside’s trip down I-20 to take on 5A West Ouachita.

“It’s going to be good to finally get back out there,” Lakeside coach Mike Santelices said. “It’s been a challenging two weeks because you just can’t simulate a game in practice.”

The Chiefs are 1-2 on the year and lost last week’s game against Natchitoches Central 34-6.

Santelices said the Warriors’ opponent is a solid squad that is led by Division 1 talent Thomas Wink.

“One out of every five of his blocks is a pancake,” Santelices said. “He’s plays all over the offensive line and also plays some defense.”

Wink is 6’4” and weighs 325. He’s listed as an offensive tackle. He blocks for a pair of strong running backs that are very comparable to those from Lakeside.

“One is like Cade Boley and just runs hard and is very difficult to bring down,” the coach told The Journal. “The other is like Taurio Grigsby in that he is very fast and very quick in his movements.”

Despite the time off and playing up in competition, Santelices is very excited and optimistic about the road trip.

“Yesterday we had a good, hard practice and we will be ready,” he said. “They are a good team, but we are excited for the challenge.”

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