By Kathi Bliss
Another tough opponent waited for the Lions on Friday night when they traveled to Kyle to face the Lehman Lobos at Bob Shelton Stadium.
Celebrating their Senior Night, the Lobos were looking for a home-field win after taking a bruising 36-7 loss to Kerrville Tivy on Oct. 25. However, when the Lions hit the field, it was clear they came to play.
As the Lobos pressed forward on their first offensive drive, the Lions were able to force a turnover in scoring territory. After making a three-play push toward the end zone, the Lions found themselves locked out, and counting on senior kicking phenom Jordon Johnson to put the Lions first points on the board.
From behind the 30-yard line, Johnson sailed a kick low over the goalposts, opening scoring for the Lions with their only lead for the night, 0-3 in the first quarter.
Despite racking up more than 50 yards worth of penalties on their next drive, the Lobos answered back with a big pass for a touchdown, taking a 6-3 lead. Although Lions were able to block the kick, it would be nearly the last time on the night that the Lions were able to interfere with Lehman’s scoring pattern.
As the game wore on, the Lobos used their considerable passing game, gaining more than 250 yards in the air, in addition to their 155 rushing yards, as they stacked up a total of 40 points on the night.
The Lions’ only other score came early in the second half, when a long drive ended with Curtis Hawkins grinding his way across the goal line on a 2-yard push. The Lobos thwarted the Lions’ attempt at a two-point conversion, effectively shutting down the offense for the rest of the night.
The Lions will close a difficult season on Friday night when they host the Antlers of Kerrville Tivy. The Antlers come into the contest with a 5-4 (4-2) record on the season, fresh from a 51-15 walloping of the Seguin Matadors last Friday night.
Kickoff for the season-closing Pop Warner night is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.