South Whidbey’s football squad lost a 10-point lead early to Lakewood, the Cascade Conference’s top team, which scored 35 unanswered points to win Friday night.
Lakewood won its second league game of the season and remained undefeated overall at 5-0.
Falcon quarterback Nick French scored the lone South Whidbey touchdown on a short run, followed by senior Cooper Nichols’ extra-point kick.
Nichols booted in a field goal later in the first quarter from 22 yards out to put South Whidbey ahead 10-0.
Lakewood found its rhythm later with long plays. The Cougars scored touchdowns on a 27-yard pass, a 13-yard run, a 47-yard pass and a 25-yard run. Only one score was less than 10 yards, a 7-yard touchdown run.
The Falcons (1-2 conference; 3-2 overall) lost their second-straight Cascade Conference game by allowing 35 points. Previously, South Whidbey held its first three opponents to 22 or less.
South Whidbey faces Archbishop Murphy (0-2 conference; 1-3 overall), the league’s former champion that has fallen on hard times this season. The contest will be the Falcons’ homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.