Mark Williamson put up the gaudy numbers on Friday night, but it was Chase Slagboom that gave the Lakers a much-needed boost, leading to a 36-26 win at Ludington.
Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Slagboom returned an Orioles’ kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
That huge special teams play jump-started the Lakers, and Williamson took over from there.
The junior quarterback rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and also connected on a pair of touchdown passes, helping the Lakers tighten their grip on first place in the Lakes Eight Conference.
“That was the spark,” Lakers’ coach Jerry Rabideau said of Slagboom’s return. “That, then a defensive stand, which allowed us to get the ball back.”
It was quite a night for Williamson, who entered the game with 282 rushing yards in the first six games of the season combined.
His 80-yard scamper early in the third quarter, followed by Adam Ross’ point-after kick, gave Spring Lake its first lead at 21-20.
Later in the quarter, Williamson hit Slagboom on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Hunter Moe ran in the two-point conversion for a 29-20 advantage.
The Lakers’ lead grew to 36-20 on Jake Frederick’s 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Spring Lake finished with a season-high 391 rushing yards against the Orioles.
Spring Lake improves to 6-1 on the season and 5-0 in Lakes Eight Conference play. Ludington slips to third in the league standings at 3-2, 4-3 overall. The Orioles entered the game with just one loss in the conference and hopes of earning a share of the league title with a win.
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