Lakeview football runs past L'Anse Creuse, heads to district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published November 1, 2019

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview sophomore quarterback Tristan Witt breaks off a run in a Nov. 1 playoff win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse. Witt threw two touchdowns in the win.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview sophomore quarterback Tristan Witt breaks off a run in a Nov. 1 playoff win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse. Witt threw two touchdowns in the win.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

 Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse senior quarterback Brandon Tatters looks to buy time in a Nov. 1 playoff loss to St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Tatters threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse senior quarterback Brandon Tatters looks to buy time in a Nov. 1 playoff loss to St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Tatters threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

A career night for St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior running back Antonio Lovett helped propel the Huskies past Harrison Township L'Anse 36-14 in a Nov. 1 Division 2 predistrict.

Lovett rushed for 92 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the win, which moves Lakeview to 8-2 on the season. In the win, the Huskies set a single-season record for wins.

"It was all because of my offensive line. They opened up the holes; I followed the blocks," Lovett said. "Tonight was pretty crazy for me."

Lovett found the end zone three times in the first half, on runs of 7, 57 and 6 yards, as the Huskies took a 33-7 advantage into the locker room. Lakeview sophomore quarterback Tristan Witt threw two first-half scores, including a 60-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Isaiah Robinson to open the scoring with 7:09 left in the first quarter.

"We had a lot of guys do a lot of good stuff tonight," said Huskies coach Pat Threet, who has his team in a district final for the second straight year. "We're in year five with this program. We expect to be in this position. L'Anse Creuse had a good year. I coached with (Lancers head coach Orande Roy) at Fraser. They're in the infancy stage of bringing that program up. We were bigger and stronger tonight."

Lakeview advances to face Port Huron High in a D-2 district final that will take place Nov. 8 or Nov. 9 at a time and site to be determined.

L'Anse Creuse, which ends the season at 6-4, made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The team won the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title, its first league title since 2000.

Lancers coach Orande Roy, in his first year leading the team, was emotional following the loss. Roy touted the play and leadership of his senior class, led by senor quarterback Brandon Tatters, who threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the Nov. 1 setback.

"They've established something. The players who come after them have something to live up to," Roy said. "We were overmatched tonight, but getting here is big for us. We kind of turned things around overnight, but I think we're building something here."

Threet complimented Roy for his job this season. The Huskies coach, though, said he's excited to move on.

"We've got a lot of guys who have been in this program for a long time," Threet said. "They're hungry."