Homecoming Win Moves Lions to 2-0 in District
By Will Johnson
LOVELADY – It was Homecoming in Lovelady last Friday as the Lions welcomed the Colmesneil Bulldogs to town for a District 12-2A DII contest.
The Lions came into the game riding a two-game winning streak after starting the season 0-3. In addition, Lovelady had won their first district game over the Burkeville Mustangs by a score of 59-22.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, had been struggling all season as they were 1-3, with their lone victory a 22-13 win over North Side Home School in Conroe.
Things would not get any better for Colmesneil on Friday night as the Lions slaughtered the Bulldogs by a final score of 51-0.
The game started off relatively slow as both teams exchanged possessions. Near the four minute mark, however, the Lions served notice it was their night.
Lovelady had driven deep inside Colmesneil territory and had the ball at the four-yard line. On a first-and-goal, Coach Will Kirchoff called for a pass. The outside receiver cut inside and Logan LeBlanc cut to the outside and found himself wide open in the end zone.
Lions’ QB Seth Murray lobbed a pass to LeBlanc who secured the ball for six points and an early 6-0 lead. The two point conversion was good and with 3:45 left in the first quarter, Lovelady led 8-0.
The Bulldogs’ ensuing possession ended in disaster. QB Jordan James dropped back to pass and tried to set up a screen. Lovelady’s Scotty Moore read the play perfectly and stepped in front of the would-be receiver for an interception.
From there, Moore took the ball 62-yards to the end zone for a pick-six. The try for two was good and ended the first quarter scoring with Lovelady ahead, 16-0.
The second quarter wasn’t much better for Colmesneil as the Lions added another touchdown shortly after the period got underway as Josh Martinez scampered across the goal line from 25 yards out to make the score 24-0, following the two-point conversion.
The next time the Lions had the ball, their possession ended with a bang as Seth Murray connected with his brother, Slade Murray, for a 45-yard scoring strike. The two point conversion made the score 32-0 with just over seven minutes left in the half.
Lovelady wasn’t finished scoring, however. As the clock crept under a minute left in the first half, Murray found Martinez on a wheel route for a 45-yard TD to put the Lions ahead 38-0. The extra point was good and at the end of the first half, the Lions led by a score of 39-0.
The second half saw the Lions give a lot of playing time to their reserves. The Bulldogs were still unable to penetrate the Lovelady defense, however. The Colmesneil defense was somewhat better in the second half but still had trouble with the Lovelady offense. As a result, the Lions added two more scores – one in the third quarter and one in the fourth – as they cruised to a 51-0 win.
Lovelady has a bye this week but will be back in action on Oct. 18 when they travel to Grapeland for what in all probability will be a game to decide the District 12-2A DII championship.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.