Lions Even Record at 2-2

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

JEWETT – The Lovelady Lions were in position they haven’t found themselves in as of late. The Lions have made deep runs in the playoffs during the last two seasons, but found themselves with a losing record heading into last Friday night’s contest with the Leon Cougars.

Lovelady wasted little time in evening their record as the Lions took their frustrations out on a group of overmatched Cougars.

Leon started off the game with possession of the ball but a stout Lovelady defense forced the Cougars to punt. The Lions took over after the punt and worked their way inside the Leon red zone.

From there, Colt Robinson connected on a 10 yard TD pass and then converted the two point attempt to give Lovelady an 8-0 lead with under five minutes left in the first quarter.

After Leon turned the ball over, the Lions struck again when Robinson plowed his way across the goal from 12 yards out. The try for two was good and with less than a minute left in the first period, the Lions led 16-0.

As the second quarter got underway, the Lions extended their lead to 23-0 with a touchdown and extra point with eight minutes left in the half.

The Cougars finally got on the scoreboard the next time they had the ball. Leon RB Raul Hernandez broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and scampered 45 yards to pay dirt. The two point conversion was good and with just under six minutes left in the half, Leon had cut the Lovelady lead to 23-8.

That was as close as the Cougars would get, however, as the Lovelady defense played lights out the rest of the game.

On the offensive side of the ball, Lovelady was pretty good as well. With under three minutes left in the quarter, the Lions added another TD to their total to bring the halftime score to 29-8.

Lovelady added three more touchdowns after the break. The first came on a 15 yard scoring catch from Robinson to T’amian Platt. The second came on a Tim Johnson eight yard run and the final score came from the defense as Michael Price picked off an errant pass and took it 22 yards to the house.

Price’s TD made the score 48-8 at the end of the third quarter. The Lions defense held Leon out of the end zone the remainder of the game and with a 40 point lead, the Lions were more than happy to go to a ball-control offense and chew up the remainder of the clock for the 48-8 win.

The Lions are at home this week as they welcome the Timpson Bears and former coach Kerry Therwanger to Lovelady for a non-district contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

PHOTO COURTESY of MIKE WHATLEY

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.