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Rattlers spoil Lion Homecoming

Homecoming Queen Kylie Sigman was crowned in a beautiful ceremony before the Lions 52-24 loss at the hands of the Murfreesboro Rattlers.

The Lions took a step back offensively after a 38 point effort last week at Mineral Springs.

Mount Ida had 260 yards on the ground on 64 carries with A.J. Perez recording 124 yards on 19 carries. He scored a touchdown and converted on two 2-point conversions.

Hunter Davis had 18 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown, followed by Baylor Bates with 11 carries for 39 yards and a score. John Hoeksema had nine carries for 29 yards and a two point conversion, Gavin Summitt had two carries for three yards and Austin Cooper had five carries for negative 22 yards.

Murfreesboro had 23 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns with Braden Cross leading their ground game with 142 yards and two TDs on 18 carries.

Sloan Perrin was 9-11 for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Tra’Million Henderson was the leading receiver with two catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Both teams struggled early with each of the first drives ending with a punt.

Braden Cross was the first to strike for Murfreesboro, scoring on a five yard run with 5:27 left in the opening quarter. He carried the two point conversion in for the eight point lead.

Mount Ida responded with a seven play drive that ended with a five yard touchdown run by A.J. Perez. John Hoeksema carried the two point conversion in to tie things up with 2:15 left in the quarter.

Two plays later Perrin connects with Jared Taylor for a 59 yard touchdown reception. Cross carries the two point conversion in to give the Rattlers a 16-8 lead.

Mount Ida looked as if they might tie things up again, but a fumble inside the five gave the ball back to Murfreesboro. They quickly drove the ball down the field and scored on an 11 yard run by Cross. Braden Cross went in on the two point conversion to give the Rattlers a 24-8 lead.

Baylor Bates was able to fight his way into the end zone from five yards out to cut the Rattler lead to 10. A.J. Perez went in for the two point conversion to cut the lead even further to 24-16 with 3:31 left in the first half.

Mount Ida looked to have Murfreesboro pinned deep on a fourth and nine, but Perrin took the snap on a fake punt and passed the ball downfield to Jacob Allmon for a 60 yard touchdown reception. the two point conversion failed and the Rattlers took a 30-16 lead into the half.

The Rattlers seized control of the game in the second half as fatigue set in on the Lions with most of their starters playing iron man style.

Murfreesboro scored 22 unanswered points in the second half with Mount Ida adding a late touchdown on a 34 yard run by Hunter Davis. A.J. Perez went in for the two point conversion.

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