Victory Sets up Showdown with Sandies

By Will Johnson              
Messenger Reporter

COLMESNEIL – For the second week in a row, the Lovelady Lions scored 60+ points in game and held their opponents to zero. First, it was a clearly undermanned Burkeville team who fell to the Lions 67-0. This week, it was the Colmesneil Bulldogs’ turn as the Lions trounced the Bulldogs by a score of 66-0.

In the first two weeks of district play, the Lions have now scored 133 combined points and held the opposition to zero.

While Colmesneil showed more fight than Burkeville, the Lions still dominated the game early on and then coasted to the win, allowing many of the reserves to get some needed real-game experience.

The Lions held the Bulldogs to five first downs on the night and forced three turnovers as the defense was stellar, once again.

Offensively, the Lions were equally as adept as they scored 12 in the first, 22 in the second, 16 in the third and an additional 16 in the fourth quarter.

Lovelady tallied their first quarter points through the air as Logan Lowery connected with his wide-outs for scoring strikes of 63 and 49 yards.

With the Colmesneil offense going nowhere and the Bulldog pass coverage somewhat suspect, the Lions went to the ground and got a 38-yard score from the running back position.

Two more passing TDs brought the halftime score to 34-0, in favor of the Lions.

After the break, it was the Lovelady special teams who showed out. First there was a 60-yard kickoff return for a TD to open the second half and then there was a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The punt return TD made the score 50-0 with one more quarter to play. The Lions tacked on an additional 16 points before the game ended to make the final score 66-0.

The win keeps Lovelady in a first place tie with the Grapeland Sandies atop the District 12-2A DII standings. Both teams have identical 5-1 overall records, along with 2-0 district records. The Lions are currently ranked #7 while the Sandies are ranked #9 in the latest Dave Campbell’s Texas Football poll.

Lovelady has a bye this week but returns to action on Oct. 19 when they host Grapeland in a game that may well decide the district championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

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