The Hamburg Lions lost to Warren on Friday and now need two wins on Thursday to host a playoff game. Ironically, they not only need to win themselves, but they need an Eagle win as well.
Hamburg needs to beat Dumas and they need for Crossett to beat Star City in order to be seeded high enough for a home playoff game.
A Star City loss ties the Lion-Bulldog record for the season. Because the Lions beat Star City, that would bump them up should the wins and losses end in a tie, a reality that could encourage the Lion fans who are not driving to Dumas to invest in maroon and cheer on the Eagles this week.
Friday’s loss against Warren knocked them to fourth in the conference behind Crossett, Warren and Star City.
The Lions held their own and even tied up the score for the half, but eventually fell 14-7.
Hamburg kicked off to Warren to start the game and the Jacks started a drive on the 39 yard line. The Hamburg defense held them off and Hamburg took over at their own 20. The Lions couldn’t move the ball and the Jacks got the ball back at their own 36, but was soon forced to turn the ball over on downs deep in Lion territory.
Nick Bridges and Armand Taylor broke for two long runs, and with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter, the Lions scored on a one-yard run.
A kick by Jesus Aguilar put Hamburg ahead 7-0. The Lions kicked off to the Jacks, but a lion defender intercepted a Warren pass that was batted into the air. The Lion offense was held off again and the first quarter buzzer ended with 7-0 still on the board.
In the second quarter, The Lumberjacks ran a fake punt for a first down and then their quarterback Riley Cornish threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-6 with 7:18 left until the break.
The Jack kicker tied the score with a PAT and they kicked off to Hamburg. The two teams battled back and forth and the half ended with the score still stuck 7-7.
Warren kicked off to the Lions after the break, giving Hamburg the ball at their own 10 yard line. The Lion offense couldn’t move the ball and the Jacks got the ball back and-pushed into Lion territory.
The Lion defense didn’t give up and forced a fumble, bringing the Hamburg offense to the field. The Lions pushed their way to the Lumberjack 19 yard line, but couldn’t make their way to the end zone.
A Hamburg fumble allowed a Warren defender to pick it up for an 81-yard touchdown that turned out to be the game-winning score as neither team scored the rest of the night, making the final 14-7.
The Lions will travel to Dumas on Thursday for their final regular season game. The playoffs will begin on Nov. 15 and the bracket all depends on how Thursday plays out.