Class 4A Lakeshore's explosive offense continues to roll.
Scoring 29 points in the first half, the Titans defeated Hancock High (Mississippi) 51-23 Friday night at Titan Stadium to start the season 3-0.
Known for its pass-happy attack, it was the Lakeshore running game that got the Titans on the scoreboard first when Jacob Bernard scored from 9 yards out to cap a six-play, 74-yard drive that was all runs. Bernard made it an 8-0 lead for Lakeshore when he ran it in the two-point conversion.
After stopping Hancock on fourth down, Bernard made it 15-0 when he took in a 68-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Chris Penton.
The Lakeshore defense keyed its next touchdown as well, recovering a fumble inside Hancock territory. On the ensuing play, Penton found Jalen Willis for a 38-yard scoring strike.
On the last play of the first quarter, Christian Westcott blocked a punt, and Jordan Spencer returned it 9 yards for a score to make it 29-0.
Penton followed later in the second quarter with a 76-yard strike to Willis to extend the lead to 37-0.
Willis finished with seven catches for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Bernard had five catches for 158 yards for three touchdowns. He added a rushing touchdown for the Titans.
“For us, it is all about timing, and that comes at practice,” Willis said of the offensive efficiency. “You get it down in practice, and you know what you’re doing. Then you can just come out and have fun in the game. When everything is clicking out there, it’s like target practice.”
Penton completed 15 of 18 passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns.
Hancock (3-1) finished the first half with 10 unanswered points on a 14-yard touchdown run by Blake Comeaux and a 31-yard field goal by Elliott Nolan.
The game marked the return of Lakeshore assistant coach Greg Battistella. Battistella, who suffered a stroke in the jamboree at Slidell on Sept. 1, was in attendance on the sideline for the first half. ... Lakeshore (3-0) returns to action Sept. 22 when it welcomes former 8-4A opponent Loranger to Titan Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff