MOUNT IDA – Any doubts harbored by Mount Ida fans after last week’s second half performance was put to rest tonight as the Mount Ida Lions ran away with a 35-0 victory over the visiting Jessieville Lions.
Mount Ida scored on three of their first four possessions to take a 21-0 lead in the first half and added 14 points in the second half to invoke the sportsmanship rule at the end of the third quarter.
Mount Ida opened the game with a 14 play drive that traversed 80 yards for the first score of the night. Mount Ida stayed on the ground for 12 plays, alternating between Jacob Woodfield and Drayton Standridge with a run by Lane Nolen mixed in.
Coach Mike White stepped out of his comfort zone and threw back-to-back passes, scoring on a 15 yard pass to Ashton Humphries. Chandler Perkins PAT was good and the Home Lions led 7-0 with 6:42 to go in the first quarter.
Ben Woodfield recorded an interception to set up the next Mount Ida scoring drive. It took 13 plays but Mount Ida found the endzone again. This time on a goal line run by Standridge with three seconds left in the opening quarter. The PAT was good and the lead was 14-0.
Mount Ida’s third score of the half came with 54 seconds left in the first half. Karter Rowton connected with Nolen on a 24 yard pass for a touchdown. Perkins’ PAT was good and the Lions of Mount Ida carried a 21-0 lead into the half.
Jessieville opened the second half with back to back first downs before the Mount Ida defense forced a turnover on downs.
The Mount Ida Lions drove the ball 71 yards to score on a three yard run by Standridge. The PAT was good and the lead sat at 28 with 4:10 to go in the third quarter.
Mount Ida’s final score came at the 29 second mark of the third quarter. Jacob Woodfield trotted in from a yard out for the score. Perkins’ PAT was right through the uprights to start a running clock by way of the sportsmanship rule.
Mount Ida will travel to Lavaca next week to face the Golden Arrows on Friday, September 16. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.
See next week’s issue of the Montgomery County News for a full recap and stats from the game.