The Warren Lumberjacks came to Hamburg Friday night and maintained their undefeated status in the conference with a 49 - 20 win over the Lions.
Warren is 6-0 in the conference with an 8-1 overall record. Their only loss so far this season was their season opener to Little Rock Christian Academy.
“We are very disappointed, but there were some positives to take away from the loss,” Hamburg Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said. “We will use this game film to learn from our mistakes and continue to improve.”
The Lumberjacks didn’t waste anytime and scored right out the gate on their opening drive. Primitivo Lemus kicked the ball to the Lumberjacks 10 yard line, but the return made 17 yards before Herman Brown and Devonte Tucker could make the stop.
Shannon Brennon held the next two run plays to 15 yards each, but the Lumberjacks were already in Lion territory. Juan Gallegos and Tucker stopped them from a fourth first down, but even with a penalty, they were in the end zone three plays later. The extra point was good, and the Lions were trailing with 9:33 still on the clock for the first quarter.
The Lions went four and out, and the Lumberhacks took over on the Lion 40. This time, it only took them four plays to get back in the end zone. Hamburg was down by 14 with three and half quarters of football still left to play.
The Lumberjacks kicked to the Lions and Caleb Bridges returned the ball 48 yards to midfield. Allen Forrest and Brennon moved the ball a little at a time, getting the ball within yards of the end zone.
It took Gage Price three runs, but on fourth and goal, he got the ball in for the touchdown. Lemus kicked in the extra point and the Lions were only behind 14 - 0.
The next drive, the Lumberjacks made it to midfield, but Wayne Standridge forced a fumble and KT Davidson recovered it for the Lions.
The Lion offense took over on the Hamburg 40, and the clock rolled into the second quarter. The Lions couldn’t move the ball, and Brayden Berry punted for the Lions.
The Warren drive began on their own 25. The Lion defense fought hard and the Lumberjacks went four and out.
The punt went out of bounds, and the Lions began their drive midfield. Brennon attempted to run the ball, but only moved it nine yards in three plays. The Lions went for it on fourth and one, but turned the ball over on the Lumberjack 39 yard line.
On the next drive, Aaron Mondragon forced a fumble, but the Lumberjacks were able to recover it. It would have been third down, but a Lion penalty gave the Lumberjacks a first down. On the next play, the quarterback completed a 42 yard touchdown pass. The Lumberjacks kicked the extra point and were leading 21 to 7.