St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior running back Christian Mclaughlin takes a handoff in a Nov. 1 playoff win. The Huskies set school records for single-season wins (eight) and longest win streak (seven) this season.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior running back Christian Mclaughlin takes a handoff in a Nov. 1 playoff win. The Huskies set school records for single-season wins (eight) and longest win streak (seven) this season.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Single mindset helps Lakeview football have record run

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 18, 2019

 Lakeview sophomore quarterback Tristan Witt (10) carries the ball. The Huskies lose 20 players to graduation. Key players eligible to return include Witt and junior linebacker Ken Soderberg.

Lakeview sophomore quarterback Tristan Witt (10) carries the ball. The Huskies lose 20 players to graduation. Key players eligible to return include Witt and junior linebacker Ken Soderberg.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — When he thinks about the 2019 St. Clair Shores Lakeview football team, one thing comes to mind for Huskies coach Pat Threet.

“Focus,” said Threet, who is in the fifth year of a second stint leading the program. “This team was never afraid of any moment. We stepped up to each and every challenge.

“They did the work from (November 2018) to the end of this season. All that we accomplished was earned. No one gave us anything.”

All the team accomplished was likely the best season in program history.

Lakeview, which fell 36-29 to Port Huron High in a hotly contested Nov. 8 Division 2 district final, set a program record with its 8-3 finish. The eight wins are the most in program history.

After a 1-2 start, the Huskies reeled off seven straight wins — also a program record. Lakeview also made its second straight trip to the playoffs — another first for the program.

Threet said offseason preparation played the biggest role in the team’s success.

“Even if they wrestle in the winter or play basketball, they (hit the weight room). We are a strong team, and we didn’t get that way by playing Xbox and chilling on Snapchat. Our motto is, ‘The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.’ We did the work and we had fun doing it.”

All season long, Threet touted the leadership from his seniors. The program loses 20 players to graduation, including Antonio Lovett, Evan Rochon, Isaiah Robinson and Harold Irby.

Following the district final setback, Threet — the only coach to ever lead Lakeview to the playoffs — and the underclassmen showed the group a measure of respect.

“We have a tradition of lining up all of our juniors, sophomores and coaches, and each senior shakes hands, says their goodbyes and well wishes,” said Threet, who’s taken the Huskies to the playoffs four times. “I appreciate (the seniors); our relationship isn’t over. I’ll be keeping an eye on them the rest of the school year and staying in touch with them the rest of their lives.”

Lakeview has a number of players eligible to return next season. Starting sophomore quarterback Tristan Witt will be back, along with junior linebacker Ken Soderberg.

“We are going to look to build upon what the Class of 2020 did, and that is create an environment of accountability for all members of our program,” Threet said. “Do the right things all the time and treat people with respect. Understand that nothing is given, and everything is earned.”

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