Cross-eyed from Crosstown Showdown


by Siandhara Bonnet, Editor-in-Chief

The Blue Out Crosstown Showdown football game went down on Friday, September 27. The Lions lost 24-17 to Cedar Park, the defending state champions, after the game went into overtime.

Senior Michael Lecaros received the kickoff for the Lions on their own 23-yard line. Half of the first quarter was made up of punts and flags until there were four minutes and 55 seconds left, and Cedar Park scored a three yard touchdown run. The extra point was good, 7-0 to the Timberwolves. Three minutes passed and the Lions attempted and succeeded in a field goal, score 7-3 to the Timberwolves.

The Lions had the ball to start off the second quarter on the 49-yard line. In the first 34 seconds of the quarter, junior quarterback Brandon Hopp ran in for a touchdown, the extra point was good, score 10-7 to the Lions. Flags filled the field until there was 5:13 left in the half; senior Chris Levy scored a touchdown for the Lions, the extra point was good, score 17-7 to the Lions. The kickoff return flew to endzone, Cedar Park’s ball on the 25-yard line. The Timberwolves didn’t have the ball longer than a minute until they punted to the Lions. The Lions then did the same thing. One minute and 27 seconds on the clock and Cedar Park scored a touchdown and an extra point, trying to catch up before the end of the half, score 17-14 to the Lions.

To start off the second half, the Lions kicked the ball into the endzone, Cedar Park’s ball on the 25-yard line. After throwing an incomplete pass, the Timberwolves had to punt the ball to the Lions who received it on their own 48-yard line. The ball was punted two more times when Hopp was sacked and almost threw an interception, leaving the Lions on the 4th down with 18 to go. With about a minute left in the quarter, the Lions attempted a field goal, but it was blocked by the Timberwolves. No scores were made, end of the third quarter score 17-14 to the Lions.

The final quarter began with Cedar Park in control of the ball in their territory on the 31-yard line. They would keep control of the ball for the next four minutes, and then received it on their 39-yard line about three minutes later. With 2:48 left in the game, the Timberwolves tried to catch up to the Lions with a field goal, and they were successful, sending the game into overtime.

Cedar Park had first possession of the ball, beginning on the 25-yard line. Soon enough the Timberwolves got to first and goal and scored a touchdown and an extra point, 24-17 to Cedar Park. Then, the Lions took the ball. They started on the 25-yard line just the same. The game ended in six minutes after the ball was intercepted by the Timberwolves. The final score was 24-17 to the Timberwolves, the winners of the Crosstown Showdown.

“We’re working on execution on our plays,” Lecaros said. “Making sure we’re doing the right things for each play.”

This week, the Lions Pink Out the Rouse Raiders as visitors at A.C. Bible Jr. Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 4. Kickoff is at 7:30, but there will be a tailgating party from 5:30 to 7:00 before the game to help get everyone into the spirit of the game. It will be accompanied by the band, Blue Belles, and the cheerleaders.

“We’re supporting Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink tapes on our wrists,” Lecaros said.