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Jr Lions open conference play with a bang

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY | dewayne@mcnews.online

MOUNT IDA – The Mount Ida Junior Lions open 3-2A Conference play in dominating fashion, shutting out the visiting Dierks Junior Outlaws 36-0.

A host of Junior Lions tackle a Junior Outlaw for a loss. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Junior Lions dominated on both sides of the ball, holding Dierks to one first down while the Mount Ida offense scored at will in the first half.

Mount Ida’s offense took a couple drives to get going while the defense was firing on all cylinders from the opening drive. Mount Ida opened the game forcing a Dierks punt on fourth and 12 from the Outlaw 35. Mount Ida fumbled the first snap from scrimmage, but quickly regained possession on an interception by Tyler Mosher.

Beau Weston ran in every direction on a five play drive that went 51 yards. Weston scored on a second and short from the goal line with 4:11 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion came up short and the Junior Lions held a six point lead.

Dakota Beechy dances along the sideline after a Dierks punt. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Dakota Beechy set up a short field for the Junior Lions on a long punt return to the Dierks 25 yard line. Jackson White got the call on the first play from scrimmage and he went to the house for a score. Weston ran in the two-point conversion and the Lions led 14-0 with 1:44 to go in the first quarter.

White scored on defense at the 24 second mark on a pick-six interception. the two point conversion failed and the Junior Lions were up 20-0.

The Lions scored twice in the second quarter to enact the sportsmanship rule before the half. Kaceston Phimvongsa ran one in from 26 yards out and Weston scored on a one yard run with 2:48 to go in the half. The final score was set up by a Dakota Beechy interception that was inches short of a pick-six.

Coach Mike White turned to the second string in the second half as the clock ran to victory.

The Junior Lions earned their first win of the season and open conference play with a win.

They will host Horatio next week.

The JV Junior Lions had a couple chances but continue to search for their first win. They fell to Dierks 6-0.

See next week’s issue of the Montgomery County News for more highlights and statistics from the game.

JV action – Photo by Dewayne Holloway
JV action – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

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