South Lakes Beats Herndon to Win Their Third Baron Cameron Bowl in a Row

Nick Harris, Staff Writer

South Lakes faced off against Herndon last week. The matchup has continued the heated rivalry that has been running since the 70’s. South Lakes looked to get their season back on track, after starting the year 0-2. Herndon was trying to get their first win in three seasons, as well as take down their cross town rival for the first time in ten years.  


South Lakes was a heavy favorite Friday, as they aimed to win the Baron Cameron Bowl for the 12th time. South Lakes had a fast paced offense and that struggled last week vs Alexandria City, not scoring till the fourth quarter. The Seahawks defense is coming off an outstanding performance only allowing 15 points, in a loss to Alexandria City.  


Herndon was a massive underdog due to their lackluster performances throughout the last three years with a record of 0-30. The Hornets seemed to have a new found energy this season though, after the addition of several new coaches and some returning players from last season.  


To start the Baron Cameron Bowl the Hornets kicked off to Cody Weitzman for a 24 yard return.  After two Seahawk first downs, the Seahawks completed a play action pass to Lewis Prempeh for a 41 yard touchdown. After a failed two point attempt, the Seahawks were up six.  During the kickoff, linebacker Jacob Kyger laid a big hit on the Hornets kick returner causing the ball to come free. Despite the Seahawks picking up the football, the referees ruled the Hornets to have recovered the fumble. After two first downs, Herndon’s drive stalled after a false start penalty, forcing the Hornets to punt.  


The Seahawks run game looked strong after running the ball three times in a row on their second drive of the game, however a penalty and a 14 yard sack, South Lakes punted.  Herndon looked to take the lead on their second drive of the game. After a penalty and a run for zero yards on third down, the Hornets pass was intercepted by safety Jack Schnabel. The Seahawks started their drive off hot with a 34 yard completion from quarterback Max Daum to senior receiver Lewis Prempeh.  The Seahawks threatened to score a touchdown but the Hornets defense held strong, forcing the Seahawks to settle for a field goal giving South Lakes the lead by nine. After a turnover on downs by the Hornets, South Lakes marched down the field, capitalizing with a 40 yard touchdown pass to Nyhaja Razafinjatovo. The touchdown put the Seahawks up 16 points going into half.


Coming out of half time the Hornets were on a 12 play drive, but the Seahawks held strong, stopping Herndon on fourth and three. After a Seahawks punt, Herndon put together a methodical scoring drive for their first touchdown of the game cutting the deficit to 16-7. The Seahawks continued their struggles offensively, as Herndon looked to tie the game.  After a long drive that took eight minutes off the clock, the Hornets reached the end zone, but instead of trying to go for two, they decided to kick the extra point, putting them down two. Despite Herndon scoring another touchdown, the Seahawks recovered the onside kick and won their third Baron Cameron Bowl in a row.