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Lions close season with big win over Lehman

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By Alonzo Garza
POST-REGISTER

What started out as a “been there, done that” game for the Lions ended with a solid 28-14 season ending win over the Lehman Lobos at Bob Shelton Stadium in Buda on Friday, Nov. 5.

First quarter action began with a bang. The Lobos wasted no time scoring their first touchdown with a 90-yard kickoff return, which took all of 12 seconds.

The extra point kick was good for a score of 7-0 with 11:48 remaining in the first.

Lehman scored again at the end of the first quarter. After keeping the Lions away from the end zone throughout most of the quarter, the Lobos intercepted a Lion pass for a first-and-10 at the Lions’ 24-yard line with 1:26 to go. By 1:18, the Lobos scored their last touchdown of the night with a 24-yard pass. The extra point kick was good closing out the first with a 14-0 score.

The second quarter belonged to the Lions, who moved the ball up to the Lehman 10 with 10:14 remaining in the quarter. Joseph Bell rushed to the 5-yard line for a second-and-5 and followed the play with another five-yard rush good for a Lion touchdown at 9:27. Brooks Pittman’s extra point kick was good for a score of 14-7. The Lions moved 49 yards with eight plays before scoring against the Lobos.

The Lobos took the ball at their own 20-yard line by 9:23. After a couple of incomplete passes and a penalty flag against them for holding, the Lobos dropped a completed pass on a second-and-20 play at 8:13. The Lions recovered the dropped pass for a first-and-10 at the Lobo’s 26-yard line.

By 6:37, Bell rushed in for another Lion touchdown and Pittman tied the score at 14 with another successful extra point kick. The Lions took four plays to make the 26-yard touchdown.

The Lobos took their first-and-ten at the 36-yard line and followed it with a second-and-20 at the 24. By 5:14 the Lobos threw an incomplete pass on a third-and-15 play and opt to punt on the fourth down. The Lions took the ball at their own 32-yard line with 4:40 left in the first half of play.

A long pass from Lion quarterback Vonte Hedspeth to wide receiver Savion Thompson was completed for a Lion first-and-ten at the Lobos’ 22. Bell carried the ball for a couple of plays until the Lions reached the 11-yard line by 2:31, then ran in for the third Lion touchdown. The extra point kick was good for a score of 21-14. The Lions moved the ball 68 yards with five plays on that last drive.

The Lobos took a first-and-ten at their own 33-yard line with two minutes remaining in the first half. A penalty against the Lions for a personal foul after a late hit on the Lobo quarterback set the ball on the Lions’ 40-yard line. The play was followed with a Lockhart interception for a Lion first-and-10 at the 34-yard line.

With only 34 seconds to go in the second quarter, the Lions passed the ball unsuccessfully until the Lobos intercepted it, ending the first half at 21-14.

The third quarter was plagued with penalty flags against both sides. Incomplete passes, fumbles and quarterback sacks were the main event during the third. No scoring by either team kept the score at 21-14.

The fourth quarter began with penalty flags against the Lions, who made it to their own 49-yard line for a first-and-10 by 10:43. The Lions reached the Lobos 25-yard line for another first-and-10 at 9:07, only to have the ball moved back after a holding penalty.

The Lions kept control of the ball for most of the fourth quarter. They reached a first-and-goal at the Lobo’s 4-yard line with 1:39 remaining in the game and Bell made the last Lion touchdown at 1:12. The extra point kick was good for a final score of 28-14.

The final highlight of the night came when Logan Zimmerhanzel intercepted a Lobo pass for a Lion first-and-ten at the 25 with 32 seconds remaining in the game. The Lions took a knee and ran out the clock ending their extremely tough season with a victory.

See you next season.
agarza@post-register.com

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