Warren Easton coach Tony Hull’s message to his team before Saturday afternoon’s kickoff against Lake Area was simply “finish what we started.”
The Eagles took the field for a rainy homecoming with the intent of carrying out what their coach had echoed in pregame warm-ups.
The message was well-received as Warren Easton (9-1, 6-0) dismantled Lake Area 41-7 en route to the outright District 9-4A title.
“This win was a testament to my kids working hard and never giving up,” Hull said. “Every year we are working to be better, and winning this district means a lot to us. We are in a competitive district, and it takes a really good team to be on top of it.”
The game was business as usual for the Eagles and their high-powered offensive attack. They rolled up 367 total yards, essentially making it impossible for Lake Area to muster a comeback.
Wide receiver Clyde Leflore-Chriss, a four-star recruit, could have been homecoming king for his performance against the Leopards. Leflore-Chriss wasted little time making his presence felt, taking the opening kickoff 83 yards for a score.
Leflore-Chriss added a 35-yard touchdown reception with 2:48 left before halftime and finished the night with 147 all-purpose yards, which included 64 yards receiving and three total touchdowns.
Lake Area (2-8, 2-5) had a tough time handling the up-tempo offense of the Eagles, despite trading scores on the opening drives. The Leopards simply just didn’t have the firepower to keep up.
“We had our chances early, but our youth and inexperience showed up,” Lake Area coach Derrick Lewis said.
“I was proud of our kids and the way they fought against a power program like Warren Easton. We made our mistakes, but we have a team full of sophomores. We will be better in time.”
Cyron Sutton was the favorite receiver of Lake Area quarterback Brice Kensey. Whenever the Leopards needed a big play, it was Sutton who delivered. He hauled in four catches for 117 yards and rushed for another 47 yards.
Quarterback Tyriek Starks was perfect in the first half, going 8 for 8 and 158 yards with three touchdowns. Starks didn’t play the entire second half, but the damage had already been done. His play enabled the Eagles to take a commanding 41-7 lead heading into halftime.
Nick Bartholomew weaved through the Leopards defense for a 27-yard touchdown pass from Starks. He ended his evening with three catches for 83 yards and a score.
The Eagles defense got involved in the scoring clinic when David Jones returned an interception 93 yards to make the score 28-7 in the first quarter. Leflore-Chriss got behind coverage in the first quarter on his way to a 24-yard touchdown reception. That score was preceded by a 1-yard run Joseph Boyd to break the 7-7 tie.
Lake Area refused to be outdone in the opening minutes as Kensey found Ricky Jones for a 16-yard touchdown strike.