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Lions hobble high powered Hornet offense in 35-6 victory


MOUNT IDA – The Mount Ida Lions held one of the highest scoring offenses in the state to a last second touchdown as they rolled to a 35-6 victory. The win keeps the Lions in the hunt for the 3-2A Conference title with two games left on the schedule.

Mount Ida held the Mineral Springs Hornets to 95 yards on 26 carries  and 97 yards in the air. The Hornets completed three of 11 passes attempts with 79 yards coming on the final play of the game which went for a touchdown.

Coach Mike White signals one play, one touchdown as Jacob Woodfield races 65 yards for the score on the first Lion play from scrimmage. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Katrevion Thomas led the Hornets with 14 carries for 59 yards, followed by KJ Hayes with five carries for 12 yards. QB Evan Erwin had two carries for two yards and Romeo Lucero had a five yard carry.

Erwin completed 3 – 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He connected with Hayes on the last play of the game for a 79 yard touchdown. 

The Lions recorded 53 carries for 278 yards.

Jacob Woodfield led the team in yards and carries with 24 totes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Drayton Standridge had 18 carries for 75 yards and three scores.

Chandler Perkins was 3 – 4 on PATs. The Lions also scored a two-point conversion.

Lane Nolen had three carries for 32 yards, Karter Rowton had two carries for 12 yards, Ben Woodfield had three carries for seven yards as did Blake Wooten.

Chandler Perkins (55) looks for someone to block as Drayton Standridge (18) races toward the end zone. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Hornets started the game with the ball but turned the ball over on a fumble recovered by Ben Woodfield. Jacob Woodfield took the handoff on the first Lion play from scrimmage and raced the distance for a 65 yard touchdown. Chandler Perkins hit the PAT and the Lions held a 7-0 lead with 10:36 left in the first quarter.

Mineral Springs was able to take the ensuing kickoff and launch a nine play drive inside the Lion 30 yard line. However, Mount Ida forced a turnover on downs at the Lion 25 yard line.

The Hornet defense forced Mount Ida to work for their second touchdown with the Lions needing 16 plays to drive 75 yards. Jacob Woodfield scored from a couple feet out on the first play of the second quarter. Chandler hit the PAT and the Lions lead sat at 14.

Mount Ida forced another turnover on downs with a fumble recovered by the Hornets on their own 21 yard line. Mount Ida was unable to capitalize on their following drive, turning the ball over on downs on the Hornet two yard line.

Mount Ida would score again in the first half on a nine yard run by Drayton Standridge. Perkins hit the PAT to give the Lions a 21-0 lead at the half.

Mount Ida received the kickoff to open the second half. Ramsey Gilbert fell on the onside kick to start the Lion drive on the Hornet 49 yard line. Eleven plays later the Lions scored on a six yard run by Jacob Woodfield. Perkins had a rare miss on the PAT attempt and the Lions’ lead sat at 27 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.

Mount Ida’s final score came on a short field after a bad snap on a punt attempt by Mineral Springs ended with a Ben Woodfield tackling the punter on the Hornet 16 yard line.

Two plays into the drive a personal foul on the Hornets defense moved the Lions to the nine yard line. Three plays later Standridge went in from the one yard line to give the Lions a 33 point lead. Jacob Woodfield ran in for the two-point conversion to enact the sportsmanship rule with 2:10 left in the third quarter.

The lone Hornet score came as the clock ran to zero. Evan Erwin found KJ Hayes running down the visitor sideline for a 79 yard touchdown. They went for two with no time on the clock. A delay penalty and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Hornets to the 16 yard line for the two-point attempt. Payton Dorrell sacked Erwin to end the game with the Lions victorious 35-6.

Payton Dorrell (31) puts an exclamation point on the end of the night with a sack on a two point conversion with no time on the clock. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Mount Ida moves to 6-1 and 4-0 in conference play.

The Mineral Springs Hornets fall to 5-3 and 2-2 in conference play.

Mount Ida will travel to Foreman next Friday to face the Gators. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.

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