Lions claim season's first win

(VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)

The Hamburg Lions roared louder than the El Dorado Wildcats, but they just couldn’t take to the skies like the Camden Cardinals.

The Lions got their first win of the season when they played El Dorado last Tuesday, claiming a 34-14 victory. 

When they hosted the Camden Cardinals on Friday night, which was their first home game of the season, they weren’t as victorious. 

The El Dorado game was a make-up game after Forrest City was unable to travel to Hamburg on Sept. 4 because of COVID-19 concerns on the Forrest City team.

The El Dorado game was a last minute decision. Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said El Dorado had been sending out messages looking for an opponent and because Hamburg had already had to cancel two games because of Covid-19, Cossey wanted to get the playing time in. No stats were reported for the game. 

When Hamburg played at home Friday, the Lion defense started out strong  by holding the Cardinals to only seven points in the first half, but in the second half the Cardinals were able to put up 35 points. 

Nick McNeil recovered a fumble, grabbed an interception and scored the Lions’ only touchdown after catching a 37-yard pass from quarterback Brett Rice. 

Camden ultimately won 41-6. 

The Lions had 204 passing yards and 104 rushing to make 308 yards total. 

This week’s picks for player of the week are offensive player Armodd Taylor, Defensive player Gavin Harrod, Special Teams player Ivan Ceja, and Lineman Landon Carter. 

Chris Hicks was the scout athlete. 

The Lions are now 1-2 for the season and conference play starts next week. 

The Lions will not play this Friday, but will travel to DeWitt on Friday, Sept. 25 to face the Dragons and play their first conference game.

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