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Lakewood quarterback Cody Windham (12) and the Gators will play host to Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday in their Region IV-4A opener.

Lakewood opens region play against Orangeburg-Wilkinson

The Lakewood High School football team is set to open Region IV-4A play on Friday when they host Orangeburg-Wilkinson at J. Frank Baker Stadium. The Gators are playing at home for the first time since they beat Manning 33-14 on Sept. …

Lakewood's Javontae Lewis (22) rushed for 102 yards in the Gators' 44-7 road win over Hemingway on Friday. The Gators have a bye week before opening Region IV-4A play on Oct. 4 with a home game against Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

Lakewood enters bye week before region with big win

The Lakewood High School football team wanted to make a statement when it traveled to Hemingway on Friday. The Gators were fresh off a blowout loss to Sumter and knew that a touch matchup with Orangeburg-Wilkinson in their Region IV-4A opener was in …

Tim Leible / The Sumter Item  Lakewood quarterback Cody Windham (12) prepares to pass during the Gators' 61-0 loss to Sumter on Friday. Lakewood will be on the road against Hemingway on Friday.

A case of extremes: After losing to 5A power Sumter, Gators take on struggling Hemingway

It can be argued that the Lakewood High School football team will be going from one extreme to the other as far as scheduling goes. The Gators are coming off of 61-0 loss to Sumter, which is ranked seventh in the state among 5A schools. The …

TIM LEIBLE / THE SUMTER ITEM  Sumter's Tylee Craft (13) turns up the field on a punt return in the Gamecocks' 61-0 victory over Lakewood on Friday at Memorial Stadium's Freddie Solomon Field.

Sumter routs Lakewood 61-0

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com Lakewood High School hung with Sumter High for practically all of the first quarter of their football game on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Then it got out of hand fast. Very, very fast. The Gamecocks …

Photos: Sumter football vs. Lakewood

The Sumter football team hosted Lakewood on Friday, Sept. 13. The following gallery is a collection of images from that contest.

Photos: Lakewood football v Lake City

Lakewood faced off against Lake City on Friday night. The following gallery is a collection of images from that contest.

TIM LEIBLE / THE SUMTER ITEM  Lakewood's Zayvion Wells (2) returns an interception against Lake City on Friday night. The interception helped save a touchdown after a fumbled punt by Wells put Lake City in the red zone.

Lakewood can't overcome early issues in 28-8 loss to Lake City

When Lakewood High School kicked off its first drive in its football game against Lake City on Friday at J. Frank Baker Stadium, the Gators looked like they were in for a solid ball game. They drove the ball into the red zone, but came up a yard shy …

TIM LEIBEL / THE SUMTER ITEM  Lakewood quarterback Cody Windham (12) checks out his receivers while right guard Kyliek Baxter (52) listens to the offensive line signals from center Nathan Suggs in the third quarter of the Gators' 20-19 loss to Colleton County on Friday at J. Frank Baker Stadium. Lakewood plays host to Lake City this Friday.

Lakewood's Cornelius likes Gators' effort in loss to Colleton, looks for improvement

Starting his third season as the football head coach at Lakewood High School on Friday, Larry Cornelius suffered his first loss in a season opener for the Gators. LHS put itself in an early hole and came up just short, falling to Colleton County …

Airlifted Lakewood player released from Prisma Richland

A freshman football player for Lakewood High School who was airlifted to a Columbia hospital on Wednesday as a precautionary measure was released early on Thursday morning. I'm just happy the end result is a lot better than what we first feared," …

Three players the Lakewood Gators will be counting on this season are lineman Kyliek Baxter (52), quarterback Cody Windham (12) and lineman Stanley Boatright. Lakewood opens its season at home on Friday against Colleton County.

Cornelius: Honeymoon is over for Lakewood

Larry Cornelius says the honeymoon is over at Lakewood High School. Not necessarily for the Gators football head coach, but for the program itself. "We're going to be small this year, as far as numbers," said Cornelius, who has a 5-14 record …