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Lake Shore football gets in win column

CUT BACK — Nick Miranda showed off his elusiveness in Lake Shore’s 34 – 14 win against Hutch-Tech, during the Eagles’ first win of the season. File photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
Drew Takacs has been waiting for his Lake Shore football team to play an entire 48 minutes this season.

The first-year head coach got that and more in the Oct. 4 homecoming game. Lake Shore put up 28 second half points, after trailing by 2 at halftime, to run away with a 34 – 14 win against Hutch Tech. The win is Lake Shore’s first of the season in five tries, and the first for the new head coach.

“We hadn’t come out and played like we can yet in the second half this season,” said Takacs, whose team has been playing with a slew of injuries and a short roster. “But the kids showed that numbers aren’t everything. When you play with heart and desire, you can pull out the win. The kids now have a good feeling about how the offense runs and the defense was getting fired up after making plays –we’ve been missing that.”

The offense was boosted by sophomore Colin Fiutko, who played his first entire game at quarterback and brought another element to the offense with his ability to run, according to his coach. Takacs added that Nick Miranda found the holes, lowered his shoulder and ran his hardest in this contest, leading to 126 yards on 23 carries and two scores. Fiutko added 107 yards on 13 carries and hit his twin brother, Corey Fiutko, on a 19-yard scoring pass.

“Colin is very good at making the reads,” Takacs noted. “He’s very tall and strong and if the play is not there, he tucks it and runs.”

Fullback Matt Webber added two touchdowns on the ground; Jovani Klimowicz had 46 yards and Takacs noted that Steve Fessel ran the ball hard. The coach also credited Nick Emhoff, a junior left guard on the offensive line, with being a major factor in paving the way for the running game, which totaled 329 yards.

Senior defensive lineman Cody Smith led the defensive effort with 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries, while Takacs pointed out that linebacker Josh Mullet, who is playing through a torn meniscus, gave a solid effort. Parker Addison, who started the season at QB, has been working in at receiver and tight end.

Takacs said he hopes to build on this win in the team’s final four games, two of them will finish off the regular season. The first is home against Iroquois on Oct. 11. This was also Lake Shore’s first win in the regular season since 2011. The Eagles’ lone win last year was in a consolation game.

“We hadn’t won a regular season game in two years, so now let’s build off it and go for fourth place in our division. I told the kids, ‘let’s end 5 – 4, win the bowl championship and end on a high note,’” Takacs said.
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