Lake Forest Academy routs St. Laurence behind rushing attack
Lake Forest Academy's Christopher Karamanos (with ball) outruns St. Laurence defender Luke Miller during a game in Burbank on Friday. | Kevin Tanaka~for Sun-Times Media.
Updated: September 15, 2012 12:54AM
BURBANK — Lake Forest Academy grabbed its second win of the season on Friday night in a 42-14 rout of the St. Laurence Vikings. The Caxys are now 2-2, while the Vikings fall to 1-3.
From the opening drive, the Caxys’ rushing attack dictated the game. On their first possession, the Caxys went up 7-0 behind a 12-yard run by junior running back Mbasa Mayikana. It was his first of three first-half scores. Mayikana went on to score four total touchdowns, all on the ground.
Junior quarterback Christopher Karamanos and senior wide receiver Joel Doiny added two more rushing touchdowns for the Caxys.
The Vikings kept the game competitive in the first half and were only down two touchdowns at the intermission. But the Caxys took control after the break with their running game.
Coach Robin Bowkett called read-option after read-option, allowing Karamanos and Mayikana to march down the field into scoring position on nearly every drive.
“We got some pretty good athletes,” Bowkett said. “If our (quarterback) is running the ball well, we’re going to keep going to him.”
The Caxys’ win comes after a 41-7 loss to Loyola Academy on Sept. 7. Bowkett said he was proud of the way his team responded in practice this week, and credited that work for the team’s “near-perfect execution” in Friday’s win.
“The kids played their tails off last week against (Loyola), but they were hungry this week,” Bowkett said. “This win is huge for them.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Lake Forest Academy football team.