The Hamburg Lions beat Helena-West Helena by two points on the road last Friday night.
The Lions were forced to punt on their first drive, but the Lion defense didn’t allow the Cougars to move the ball.
The Lions started their second drive on their own 43 yard line. Jonathan Kelley completed a nine yard pass to Aaron Mondragon, bringing up second and one. After two attempts to run the ball, Kelley finally rushed for five yards to the Cougar 45 yard line to get the first down.
Two plays later, the Lions were third and 10 still on the 45 yard line. Kelley completed a 25 yard pass to Caleb Bridges for the first down. Derrick Webb picked up two more yards moving the Lions to the Cougar 18 yard line and Bridges caught an 11 yard pass, moving the ball to the Cougar seven yard line. The Lions were first and goal.
After a few penalties from both sides, Kelley finally completed an eight yard pass to Bridges for a touchdown and Hamburg’s first points went on the scoreboard. Michael Mondragon’s kick was good and the score was 7-0 with a little more than two minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Cougars started their drive on their own 34 yard line, but rushing a few yards at a time they moved into Lion territory. The Lions fought hard, but as the clock rolled into the second quarter, the Cougars were first and ten on the Lion 20 yard line. Five plays later, the Cougars were in the endzone and the two point attempt was good. The score was 8-7 and with the Cougars in the lead.
The Lions didn’t stay behind long. On the second play of the drive, Kelley completed a 62 yard pass to Bridges for a Hamburg touchdown. Michael Mondragon’s kick was good and Hamburg was up 14-8 with less than nine minutes to play in the first half.
Helena-West Helena answered with a touchdown and another two point conversion and the score was 16 -14 with seven minutes until half time.
The Cougars stopped the Lions on the next drive and Brayden Berry came out to punt from the Lion 36 yard line.
Berry’s punt was 17 yards and the Cougars started their drive midfield.
The Cougars made it all the way to the Lion 10 yard line, but were stopped by the Lions and the teams hit the locker room with the Cougars still in the lead by two points.
Hamburg scored on their second drive in the second half. Kelly completed a 13 yard pass to Bridges for the touchdown. The two point attempt was not good and the score was 20-16 with less than four minutes left in the third quarter.
The Cougars answered with a touchdown and two point conversion making the score 24-20.
Bridges returned the ball 15 yards to the Lion 29 yard line and the Lions as the clock rolled into the fourth quarter. Kelley completed a seven yard pass to Bridges and then rushed for 12 yards for the Lion first down.
After a couple of incomplete passes, the Hamburg team was fourth and four midfield. Kelley rushed for another twelve yards moving the ball to the Cougar 34 yard line. Derrick Webb picked up another first down and moved the ball to the 24 yard line.
After a few failed pass attempts and penalties, Kelley finally completed a 20 yard pass to Aaron Mondragon for a Lion touchdown. Michael Mondragon’s kick was good and the Lions were back in the lead 27-24.
The Hamburg defense held Helena-West Helena to a punt and the Lions were able to score again.
Webb started the drive with a 16 yard run and finished it with a 15 yard touchdown.
The Lions were leading by ten points 34 -24 with less than three minutes on the clock.
The Cougars answered with a touchdown and two–point conversion, bringing the score to 34-32.
The Lions took over the ball until the clock ran out and the Lion victory went in the books.
Kelley completed 16 of 27 pass attempts for a total of 248 yards.
On the Lion defense, Bryce Wesson had two solo tackles and 11 assists, Herman Brown had four solo tackles and five assists, Juan Gallegos had three solo tackles and seven assists and Primitivo Lemus had four solo tackles and three assists.
Hamburg is now 6-1 for the season with three regular season games left on the schedule.
The Hamburg Lions will host the Crossett Eagles on Friday night for the annual Ashley Bowl.