The Hamburg Lions played a nail biting game against Star City Friday. They came back after trailing by 21 points, and lost by only a point.
The game didn’t seem like it was going to be a close one as Star City ran up the scoreboard the first half, but even trailing by 21 points, the Lions didn’t let the Bulldogs go home without a fight.
The Hamburg Lions lost two players in the first 10 minutes of the game against Star City, a loss Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said “definitely delivered a blow to our confidence.” (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)
In the first ten minutes of game time, Hamburg lost two players to knee injuries.
“Those injuries definitely delivered a blow to our confidence early in the game,” Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said.
Neither team scored the first quarter, but the Bulldogs didn’t waste any time in the second quarter. Quarterback Sam Reed threw two passes that both resulted in first downs. Then Reed rushed for another 20 yards for another first down. Hamburg’s KT Davidson and Shannon Brennon stopped him, but not before he got into Lion territory on the Lion 32. A Bulldog penalty pushed them back, but Reed threw another long pass, moving Star City to the Lion 15 yard line. Gage Price tackled running back Chance Johnson twice for a loss each time, but that didn’t keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone. Johnson moved the ball to the 1 yard line and Reed scored on a quarterback keeper. The extra point was good and the Lions trailed 0 to 7.
The Lions began a drive that didn’t even make it out of their territory before they turned the ball back over to the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs took back over and Johnson made it back into the end zone, and another kick made it through the goal post, pushing the score to 14-0, Star City.
The Lions took over with less than 7 minutes to play in the first half. Kelley completed a 15 yard pass to Caleb Bridges and another pass to Traymon Holmes for 23 yards. The Lions were in the Bulldog’s territory on the 25 yard line. After two incomplete passes, Kelley finally moved the ball another 11 yards with a pass to Holmes. The Lions were 14 yards away from scoring when Kelley attempted two unsuccessful passes to the end zone. Forrest rushed the ball five yards and then again for two yards for the Lion score. Primitivo Lemus came through with the extra point, and the Lions were only one score behind the Bulldogs.
The Hamburg defense wasn’t able to hold the Bulldogs back. A few yards at a time, Reed led his team back into the end zone and another extra point kick was good.
The Bulldogs kicked the ball back to the Lions, and Hamburg started another drive on the 20 yard line. This time, however, a fumble by Kelley turned into another score for Star City. The Bulldogs recovered the ball on the Lion 14 yard line, and it only took them one play to move the ball into the end zone.
The teams hit the locker room with a half-time score of 28-7, Star City.
After half time, the Lions returned ready to fight.
Star City received the ball at the start of the second half, but the Lions didn’t let them keep the ball long. The Bulldogs punted the ball back to the Lions.
Holmes returned the punt all the way to the end zone, but the play was called back and the Bulldogs had to re-punt the ball. This time, the Bulldogs didn’t allow Holmes to run away with the ball and the Lions began the drive on the 20 yard line.
It took the Lions nine plays to get the ball into the end zone. Kelley completed a 28 yard pass to Forrest and the extra point was good. The score was 14 to 28.
The Bulldogs moved the ball down the field one play at a time. They made it to the Lion 17 yard line, but Price sacked the quarterback for a loss, pushing them back.
The Bulldogs were third and 18. Reed attempted a pass, but Holmes batted the pass from a receiver in the endzone bringing up the fourth down.
The Bulldogs were fourth and 23, and decided to attempt a field goal.