The message Lakeshore is sending to the rest of Class 4A is loud, and it is certainly clear: Get out of their way.
For the third straight week of the playoffs and 12th consecutive game overall, the Titans blew out their opponent – this time in the quarterfinals – as the top seed rolled to a 57-0 victory over eighth-seeded Bastrop on Friday night at the Titan Coliseum.
Understatement of the night: @LSTitanFootball made it look easy in a 57-0 4A quarters win over #Bastrop. @cwes2 was ridiculous AGAIN, accounting for 8 TDs. Here are 7 of those in our weekly 2-minute @VSNLouisiana highlight reel. BJ Foster w 3 TDs, @thaboicullan had 2. pic.twitter.com/n2AitRqKLg
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Leading the way once again was quarterback Christian Westcott, who accounted for eight touchdowns – three on the ground and five through the air – to make it 65 total offensive scores on the season.
“The offensive line blocked great, and all you need to do is get the ball to your playmakers. That’s exactly what happened,” said Westcott, who rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries and was 15-of-18 for 294 yards and made several tackles on defense.
The win sets up a marquee matchup between the two most recent Class 4A state runners-up to Karr, as 20th-seeded Warren Easton comes to the Coliseum next Friday night for a semifinals game that can be seen on VSN Louisiana.
“It’s really exciting, especially for the seniors. We’ll be playing our last game at (the) Titan (Coliseum) with the Dome on the line,” Westcott said. “I think we’re going to come out firing on all cylinders. Nobody is going to be flat.”
How could anyone expect anything different?
Lakeshore (13-0) owns the state’s longest active winning streak with Class 3A top seed, St. James, and they continue to play without fear and merciless toward their opponent.
Holding Bastrop (9-3) to 85 yards of total offense and negative gains well into the second quarter, the Titans jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead by forcing four turnovers in the first half – and six for the game. Colby Ziegler intercepted a Zy Scott pass with 3:06 remaining in the second quarter, and one play later, his brother Cullan caught a pass in traffic and took it 85 yards to make it 31-0.
Another interception on the ensuing drive – this one by Jake Smiroldo – led to a four-play, 63-yard drive that took all of 35 seconds. It was culminated with a Westcott to BJ Foster touchdown from 25 yards out, in which rolled out to his left and threw across his body into double coverage in the end zone.
Still, the Rams had no defense for Westcott’s magic.
“Once we get the offense started, we’re hard to stop,” said Foster, who caught five passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns. “We play hard, and we never take a play off. When Christian rolls out, I have to find a way to get open.”
He wasn’t the only one. Cullan Ziegler also was over the century mark in receiving, catching four passes for 142 yards and two scores. Max Lowery added 105 yards on the ground, and the Titans racked up 521 yards of total offense.
Lakeshore coach Craig Jones knows he has a special group that gives the school its best chance to win its first-ever state championship in football.
“We have a bunch of kids with a lot of experience, and we are able to be very detailed in our game plans … you don’t have this every single year,” he said. “We’re going to have to take advantage of it for as long as we can. We have a bunch of competitors.
“If you locked them all in a room and played a game of chess, nobody is going to leave, because if they lose, they are going to make you play again. They have been the kids we have hung our hats on the last three years, and that’s not anything against the kids who graduated the last couple of years, because they have been great too.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
(8) Bastrop | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
(1) Lakeshore | 14 | 24 | 13 | 6 | 57
Lakeshore – BJ Foster 30 pass from Christian Westcott (Megan Gettys kick), 0-7, 7:01
Lakeshore – Westcott 8 run (Gettys kick), 0-14, 3:00
Lakeshore – Gettys 21 field goal, 0-17, 9:47
Lakeshore – Westcott 1 run (Gettys kick), 0-24, 6:48
Lakeshore – Cullan Ziegler 85 pass from Westcott (Gettys kick), 0-31, 2:49
Lakeshore – Foster 25 pass from Westcott (Gettys kick), 0-38, 0:06
Lakeshore – Foster 33 pass from Westcott (kick failed), 0-44, 7:16
Lakeshore – Ziegler 15 pass from Westcott (Gettys kick), 0-51, 1:07
Lakeshore – Westcott 1 run (run failed), 0-57, 6:02
Bastrop, 85 yards of total offense (47 rushing, 38 passing)
Rushing: Cartavious Allen, 5-21; Rashard Lynch, 3-3; Zy Scott, 5-(minus-32); Jabez Thompson, 3-6; Robieyon Williams, 5-49
Receiving: Lynch, 1-(minus-3); Jakari Covington, 1-7; Semaj Tennant, 1-6; Thompson, 2-27; Allen, 1-1
Passing: Scott, 6-16, 38 yards, 0 TDs, 4 INTs
Lakeshore, 521 total yards of offense (227 rushing, 294 passing)
Rushing: Christian Westcott, 17-64, 3 TDs; Max Lowery, 23-105; BJ Foster, 1-0; Josh Ray, 1-17; Jayden McClain, 4-41
Receiving: Foster, 5-104, 3 TDs; Cullan Ziegler, 4-142, 2 TDs; Jake Smiroldo, 2-26; Lowery, 4-22
Passing: Westcott, 15-18, 294 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs
Jim Derry is a Regional Reporter and Play-by-Play Announcer for VSN Louisiana and can be reached at email@example.com.