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Sophomore Xavier Dotson charges ahead against the Lobo defense. He would score the second touchdown of the game.

Sophomore Xavier Dotson charges ahead against the Lobo defense. He would score the second touchdown of the game.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Sophomore Xavier Dotson charges ahead against the Lobo defense. He would score the second touchdown of the game.

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

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In the final game of the season, the Lions defeated the Lehman Lobos 52-14 gaining their first win of the year.

“I think [the team has] been playing hard all year and I think they have been overmatched a bit in most of our games,” head coach Tim Smith said. “But that doesn’t matter to them and they’ve just played hard.”

Lehman got on the board first with a nine yard touchdown run, but junior Ismael Sanchez tied it up after his 49 yard catch to end the first quarter tied 7-7. The second quarter saw sophomores Eli Gehman kick a 23 yard field goal and Xavier Dotson run a nine yard touchdown. This put the Lions in the lead at half, 17-7.

“I think we did well with being aggressive and really not letting the moment get to us,” senior Alex Hensley said. “Going into the second half we knew we needed to finish the game and not let them come back.”

Going into the second half we knew we needed to finish the game and not let them come back.”

— Alex Hensley

In the third quarter, three different Lions would score: senior Brennen Hansend with a three yard run, junior Adison LaRue with a 56 yard run and senior Jake Egelsee with a four yard run. Going into the fourth quarter the Lions lead by a score of 38-7. Seniors Josh Rude and Chase Barrick both had touchdowns in the fourth quarter with a six and 21 yard run respectively. The Lobos would score one touchdown off a 13 yard pass but by this time it was too late and the Lions closed their season with a win.

“I have to commend our seniors because they did an excellent job keeping the team together and keeping them focused,” Smith said. “They practiced hard every day which meant everyone practiced hard every day.”

This is the last game of the season and the varsity Lions end their season with a 1-9 record.

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