JV Lions split victories with Wildcats, Cougars
The JV Lions continued a strong run on their season over the last two weeks, clenching a shut-out victory over the Crockett Cougars before losing a 14-6 heartbreaker to the powerful Gregory-Portland Wildcats.
The Lions team faced Gregory-Portland in the elements on Thursday, Sept. 24, in a rain-soaked Lion stadium. Both teams planned a gridiron ground game, and bo
th offenses came through.
Dittreck Reed and Howard Berry led the Lions’ attack offensively with a combined rushing of 204 yards on the ground.
Gregory-Portland scored the first touchdown with a long run up the middle, but failed to convert the two-point conversion.
The Lions’ defense turned rock solid the rest of the first half, leaving the Wildcats stalled at 6.
Reed broke out on a counter play for 45 yards to score the Lions’ only touchdown of the evening during the second quarter of play, leaving the halftime score tied 6-6.
The second half was tough -fought affair. The Wildcat touchdown scored late in the fourth quarter with a short field, giving the Lions little time to operate and tie up the game.
Toby Tiner, Drake Hinojosa, Adrian Lopez and Emilion Torres led a defense that kept Gregory-Portland at bay the entire game. Brandon Davis, who had a 10-yard sack, also caused a Gregory-Portland fumble which was recovered by Hinojosa.
Mikey Padron, Chris Jackson, Bryan McBride and the rest of the defense performed a great team effort holding the Wildcats to 14 total points, Coach Bryan Robinson said.
Berry carried the ball 17 times for 87 yards, with a 43-yard scamper late in the game. Reed was 0 for 3 passing, but ran the ball 19 times for 117 yards,
Other offensive standouts included Contrares, Dylan Duffourc, Landun Rivera, Logan Zimmerhanzel, Rene German, Cody Calvo and Adrian Lopez.
On the road on Sept. 17, Lockhart defeated Crockett 18-0.
Chris Jackson, Dittreck Reed and Christian Lowden scored a touchdown each during the game, while Eric McCandless got in interceptions ending any hopes of Crockett making a last drive effort to score late in the game.
Reed threw a pass to the corner of the end zone in first quarter that connected with Lowden for the score. The two-point conversion was no good.
Reed then scored before the half on a 6-yard run, set up by the running game of Jackson, Reed and AJ Green, who suffered an ankle injury in the first half.
Jackson added to scoring running 12 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, making the final 18-0.
Defensive standouts included Adrian Lopez, Brandon Davis, Michel Ramirez, Stanley Clements, Justin Martinez and Justin Hinojosa. Other offensive standouts were: Logan Zimmerhanzel, Landon Rivera, Center, Matt Wimberely, Chad Conatser, Dylan Duffourc and Rene Rodriguez.
The Lions have a bye this week before beginning their district season against the Del Valle Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 8.
(Courtesy of Bryan Robinson)