Lions varsity football team ran away with a 36-12 victory over Garden
City on Sunday. The first play from scrimmage proved to be a good omen
as James Hall sprinted 65 yards to his first of four touchdowns.
Defensively, Andrew Hunt was explosive, recording several sacks, a blocked punt and two blocked extra points. Ben Cockrum broke up a key Chargers' pass, Sam Rizzo had an interception, Robert Daoud recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Kenny Arnold had numerous tackles.
"Defensively, we played as well as we have all season," said head coach Chris Tidwell. "Our defensive coordinator, Mike San Millan, really worked with the boys this week on a solid game plan. They had their best week of practice this season and it translated onto the field."
The Lions held a 20-6 halftime lead.
Notable offensive line standouts were Dykiece Pruitt, John Schumaker, Manmeet Singh and Daniel Paulot. Additional defensive standouts were Austin Fisher, Forrest Hall, Devon Wade and LeValle Steeple.
The Lions' JV squad upended the Chargers to improve to 4-2. The running attack was paced by Daniel Kilgore and Charles Turfe, who ran behind the strong blocks of Jackson Austin, Isaac Jackson, Jake Stropes, Jakob Wickens, Matthew Wayne and Richard Lenczewski.
The defense flew to the ball all day. William Bode had a sack while Allante Wheeler had the biggest hit of the day on a kickoff return. Eric Daniels and Keith Gillespie added key tackles.
The freshmen Lions dominated from the opening kickoff and registered a 32-7 victory. The victors were led on defense by Mason Lamarand, Jack Underwood, Carter Kahl, Wesley Askew, Ryan Cassidy, Cody Tapp and Adam Abdallah. The offense received strong quarterback play from C.J. Wieloch and solid blocking from Ethan Balogh, Preston Sokol, Matthew Pelukas and Devin Farmer. Victor Abraham, Jr. led the scoring by recording four touchdowns, including a 90-yard run late in the game.
The junior freshmen did not yield a touchdown for the fifth consecutive week. The defense was sparked by the play of David Bowen, Justin Crouch, Myles Wagstaff and Kyle Hurley.
The offense was also impressive, scoring on its first three possessions thanks to solid blocking from Kameron Arnold, Preston Parana, Nathan Hunt and Michael Linderman. Scoring for the Lions were Bennett Austin, Steven Shoats Thomas, Justin Reynolds, Darrell Harding, Jr. and Jerome Nichols.