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Injuries taking toll on Lake City football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Lake City—The Lake City football team has had plenty of adversity this season, so much so that head coach Terrell Fleming said it has been his toughest year as a coach.

The Panthers were already a young and inexperienced group, but they have suffered numerous injuries during the campaign.  They finished the regular season with a 3-7 record, but a 2-3 mark in conference action was enough to qualify for the playoffs.

Lake City will travel to May River in the opening round of the Class AAA bracket.  The Sharks were the Region 8-AAA champion.

“We’re down to our fourth string punter and third string long snapper.  We only have six or seven linemen, so they have to go both ways.  It feels like we’re running out of bodies,” Fleming said.  “We’ve had to simplify things.  We have to be very basic in what we do.”

Once the season ends, the Panthers will bid farewell to roughly 12 seniors, including three-year starter Savion Player.

“He probably has four or five touchdowns this year on defense.  He’s a heckuva kid.  He works hard and gives you his best.  He does what’s best for the team and had to play a little offense this year.  He’s a one-man wrecking crew on the defensive line.  He’s a great role model and we’re really going to miss him,” Fleming said.

There is plenty to look forward to in Lake City next fall, however, as there are several talented players returning.  One of those is wide out Shamontae Burgess, who has 700 receiving yards this year.

“For a freshman, he’s unbelievable.  He’s a Division-I player, no question about it.  He’s made big plays against everybody we’ve played.  He’s electric on the football field.  He just has it,” Fleming said.

Running back Avery Harrison has gained over 700 yards on the ground.  Other key returners next fall are wide receiver Shaquan Epps and offensive/defensive lineman Trent Caldwell, who will be a four-year starter.


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