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Lions defang Rattlers 49-14


Jacob Woodfield (25) scores one of his three touchdowns as Mount Ida rolls to a 49-14 win over Murfreesboro. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

MURFREESBORO – Mount Ida quelled any worries that they might be looking past Murfreesboro to next week’s matchup with Mineral Springs with a 49-14 victory over the Murfreesboro Rattlers.

The Lions scored twice in the first quarter on a 22 yard run by Jacob Woodfield and a 20 yard run by Lane Nolen. Chandler Perkins in the first two of seven PATs on the night to give the Lions a 14 point lead.

Murfreesboro cut the Mount Ida lead to six points at the five minute mark of the second quarter on a two yard run by Tayvion Johnson. Laytan Wilcher connected with Brant Stephens on the two point conversion to cut the Lion lead to six.

Mount Ida needed a minute and a half to respond, scoring on a one yard run by Jacob Woodfield. Perkins’ PAT was good and the Lions held a 21-8 lead with 3:29 to go in the half.

A pride of Mount Ida Lions take down Murfreesboro’s Tayvion Johnson (25). – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Mount Ida defense added six to the board when Ramsey Gilbert stripped the ball from Tayvion Johnson’s hands on the Rattler 39 yard line and raced to the end zone for a touchdown. Perkins hit the PAT to give the Lions a 28-8 lead with 2:32 to go in the first half.

Mount Ida penalties kept the Rattler’s final drive of the half alive. They scored on a Wilcher pass to Caden Dixon with seven seconds left in the half.

The second half was all Mount Ida with the Lions scoring 21 unanswered points. They opened the second half with a 16 play drive that spanned 69 yards. Jacob Woodfield found the end zone from four yards out to lift the Lions lead to 35-14 with 5:09 left in the third quarter.

Drayton Standridge (18) drags the Murfreesboro defense downfield for a first down. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Drayton Standridge scored from two yards out with 25 seconds left in the third quarter. Perkins hit yet another PAT to lift the Lion lead to 42-14.

Mount Ida’s final score came at the 5:01 mark of the fourth quarter. Ben Woodfield took the ball in from one yard out. Perkins hit his seventh PAT of the night to give the Lions a 49-14 lead. 

That would be the final score as the Mount Ida Lions held on for the win.

Mount Ida moves to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.

They will welcome Mineral Springs to Mount Ida Friday, October 21. The Lions will celebrate Senior Night before the opening kick off.

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

The Lion defense sacks Cash Lowery (4) in second half action. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

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