Nate Faciane and Randy Raymond each scored two touchdowns as Lakeshore High School rolled to a 35-14 win at Salmen in Slidell.
The Titans entered the final week of the regular season ranked seventh in Class 4A and could be looking at a home game in the first round of the playoffs. It also marked the Lakeshore’s first victory over Salmen, which won the first four, including last season’s game 41-21.
Raymond finished the game with 146 yards rushing and Faciane passed for 191 for Lakeshore (8-2, 3-1 District 8-4A).
It was clearly a night that belonged to Lakeshore as it scored on three of its first four possessions en route to a 21-7 halftime lead.
“We are definitely ready to get a playoff win,” Faciane said. “Now we have some big momentum coming off of this game going to next week. We always try to protect that ball and keep the mistakes to a minimum.”
After starting the season with five straight losses, Salmen (2-7, 1-3) had found new life, winning two of its last three games.
On the first possession, Faciane scored his first touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run, putting an exclamation point on a five-play, 68-yard drive that took less than two minutes. Faciane then found Cole Smiroldo open on the next drive for a 32-yard strike, pushing the lead to 14-0 with a few minutes left in the first quarter.
Salmen quarterback L.J. Leonard, who passed for 186 yards, cut the lead in half with a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter.
But the Spartans could never get of the hump.
“It’s the story of our year,” Salmen coach Jerry Leonard said. “We were good in spots, and we also lacked consistency which comes from a lack of experience in key spots. Some young guys that we had to count on can use this as a learning experience.”
The Titans kept rolling in the second half as Faciane added another score on a 9-yard run and Raymond broke loose for a 63-yard run, increasing the margin to 35-7 in the fourth quarter.
Salmen closed out the scoring in the final minutes as L.J. Leonard found Leevance Williams open for an 8-yard pass.
Ending the regular season on a high note is just part of the goal, Lakeshore coach Craig Jones said.
“We’re playing well right now, and we’ve been in the playoffs the past two seasons, having trouble getting out of the first round,” Jones said. “Our kids were able to set themselves up to be at home next week with an 8-2 record. I’m very proud of the way they’ve been playing.”