Bronco Sandwich: A Bronco ball carrier is sandwiched between Livingston defenders Robert Evans and Miguel Rodriguez.
Lions Fall to Broncos, DAYTON, September 7, 2013 - The Livingston Lions varsity football team went into Dayton on Friday night (September 6) and continued their schooling in the lessons of hard knocks as they fell 24 to 6 to the Broncos. The Lions, while they were soundly beaten by the Broncos, continued to show that they're growing as they dished out some punishment of their own on the Broncos, primarily on defense. There were several plays that these youngsters (young, even for high school standards) stopped the Broncos in their own backfield for Bronco losses. The Lions also intercepted a Bronco pass. I've always been old school and believed that defense wins championships, but our defense, while they're showing glimpses of being decent, glimpses aren't enough.
The Broncos took the opening kickoff all the way to the house for a 7 - 0 lead (counting the PAT).
With 1:47 left in the first quarter, the Broncos put together a decent drive and ran in a short TD, 14 - 0.
In the second quarter, the Broncos put together another drive and ran in another TD, 21 - 0.
Midway through the second quarter Quarterback Kurt Wilson capped off a Lion drive with a 15 yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper (see the highlight reel). Lions missed the PAT, 21 - 6
In the second half, Dayton kicked a field goal and that was the last score of the game. Final: Broncos 24, Lions 6.
From my observation, currently, the Lions most glaring weakness is on special teams. The opening kickoff was a tell tale sign of things to come when Dayton took it all the way to the house. The special teams problems continued as nearly every punt saw the same thing, Dayton punt returner fields the punt and heads straight for the sideline leaving Lions in the dust. Had it not been for the special teams breakdowns, this game could've actually been close. Believe it or not, I think these Lions are getting better. They're having to grow up fast. Next week is an open date for the Lions, so they have two weeks to tighten up on special teams before facing Silsbee in Livingston. Of course, the Lions will need to improve in other areas as well as they will head into district games in a few weeks. Next week we will probably be covering Corrigan's game.
Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
Click here for the highlight reel.
Xavier Hutchison takes a handoff from Lion QB, Kurt Wilson.
Livingston has a large and formiddable offensive line.
Antonio Moye reaches out to stop a Dayton ball carrier.
Quarterback Kurt Wilson pitches out to a running back. Wilson is only a freshman, but is showing promise as he cuts his teeth against solid football teams. He should be a great Lion leader for the next several years.
At such a young age, Wilson is absorbing a wealth of experience very quickly.
Grand Theft: Kwame Phlegm (7) made a spectacular interception in the first half.
Montana Mikulek leaps to block a Bronco pass.
Lion defenders put the clamps on a Bronco ball carrier.
Bromari Ferrell dives for extra yardage.
Kurt Wilson launches a pass.
Casey Hoover caught the Dayton QB in the backfield and brought him down for a huge loss.
The Broncos were forced to punt from their own endzone.
Bromari Ferrell carries the rock.
The Broncos' Kyle McBride was a thorn in the sides of the Lions.
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