Hope ninth grade football squad showed some early thrills in their match-up hosting the Lakeside Jr. Rams in the nightcap game last Thursday night at Hammons Stadium.

Hope ninth grade football squad showed some early thrills in their match-up hosting the Lakeside Jr. Rams in the nightcap game last Thursday night at Hammons Stadium. Hope's Travion Rhodes accounted both end zone trips for touchdowns for the Cats, but the visiting Jr. Rams would come victorious 42-12.

In first quarter action, Hope held the slim lead early as quarterback Zykeis Raglon got his team rolling by picking up a few key first down QB keepers, than completing a pass reception to Cory Lewis to bring the Jr. Cats into Lakeside territory from starting their drive on Lakeside's 46-yard line. Hope brought themselves inside the red zone of Lakeside's five-yard line and QB Raglon completed a 5-yard touchdown pass reception to Rhodes, but 2-point conversion no good and Hope led Lakeside 6-0 at the 5:42 mark.

Lakeside would stay scoreless for long as the Jr. Rams tied the game off a pass play for a touchdown at the 5:03 mark, but 2-point conversion unsuccessful. Hope and Lakeside knotted 6-6. On Hope's next possession of series of downs, Lakeside's defense took effect for an interception at the 3:15 mark and the Jr. Rams regain possession from at Hope's 36-yard line. Lakeside turned it into a 31-yard touchdown run at the 2:48 mark, but 2-point conversion no good to give the Jr. Rams a 12-6 lead to end first quarter action with Hope trailing by a touchdown.

In the second, Lakeside added to their lead by marching into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run a the 7:55 mark and successful converting the 2-point conversion to give the Jr. Rams a 20-6 lead over Hope.

The Jr. Cats answered back with Rhodes returning the kickoff for a touchdown at the 7:37 mark but 2-point conversion no good and Hope trailing Lakeside 20-12. Before the first half concluded, the Jr. Rams increased their lead and scored two touchdown at the 6:40 mark and 2:02 mark to give them a 35-12 lead. Under a minute to play in the closing seconds, Hope gained a first down on reverse from James Deloney to bring them into Lakeside's territory, but fell short to score. At halftime, Lakeside led Hope, 35-12.

In the second half, Lakeside and Hope kept each other scoreless in the third quarter, but the Jr. Rams held a 23 point advantage going into the fourth quarter.

In the finale period of action, the Jr. Rams put the game out of reach scoring the game's last touchdown at the 7:10 mark and PAT good to give them a 42-12 lead over Hope, which resulted the final score.

Hope ninth grade football team will look to regroup from their tough loss to Lakeside and return back on the road this Thursday night to battle Camden Jr. Cardinals for junior high action. Kickoff will take place following the 5:30 p.m. eighth grade game in Camden.