Lassiter Improves To 8-1 With 14-12 Win Over Johns Creek, Win Streak Extended to Six In A Row
In a non region match up between the Lassiter Trojans and Johns Creek Gladiators, a potential preview to a match up we could see later in the Georgia High School Association Class 6A-7A state championship tournament, two of the top 25 teams in the state met up for a more than entertaining game as things would go down to the finals minutes of play. The Trojans came out strong, opening up on a 5-0 run but would eventually stall and the Gladiators would take advantage, going on a 7-0 run to take a 7-5 lead in the second quarter, but Lassiter would manage to tie the game 7-7 just before the half.
In the third quarter, the Trojans would regain the lead and go up by as many as three when they took an 11-8 lead following an 4-1 run, which included back to back goals by Braden Erksa (5 goals). Johns Creek would climb right back in the game and once again tie the score 11-11 and then again 12-12. However goals by John Tallman and Erksa would put the Trojans back up by two late in the quarter and Lassiter would go on to pick up the 14-12 win.
After the game, Lassiter head coach, TJ Kemp, said that despite their early lead, they knew that Johns Creek was very much capable of getting back into the game as they did. "We know they're a good team. They didn't have their best opening stance of the game. We got up on them, but we knew they were going to punch back," Kemp said. He added that at halftime, he and the coaching staff told the players the outcome of the game favor the team that had "better situational awareness" as well as control of the ball and making plays at "important moments".
With the win, the Trojans improve to 8-1 on the season and extend their current win streak to six consecutive games. Watch highlights and Coach Kemp's post-game interview below now!