The Livingston Lions traveled to Lumberton Tuesday night and came up short in their district opener. The Raiders used a quick strike offense and the help of a near capacity home crowd to defeat the Lions 37-16.
The Lions recieved the opening kickoff and quickly went three and out turning the ball over to the Raiders inside Lion territory. The Raiders took advantage of good field position and took a 7-0 lead on a 13 yard touchdown.
The Lions second try was three and out as well setting the Raiders up for a another quick score. Undra Hollman blocked the PAT giving the Raiders a 13-0 lead.
Once again the Lions were forced to punt after three plays and the Raiders struck quickly on a 64 yard touchdown pass for a lead of 20-0.
The Lions never quit fighting and Quinton Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards for the score and Brandon McGowen bulled in for the two point conversion to make the score 20-8.
With the Lions hoping carry some momentum into the halftime locker room the Raiders had other ideas as quarterback Ryan Hughes hooked up with his speedy wideout for 69 yard score just before the half bringing the score to 27-8 at halftime.
The Raiders took the second half kickoff and with the help of a personal foul penalty drove 80 yards for the sco re to all but seal the win and take a 34-8 lead.
The Lions failed to pick up a first down once again giving the ball back to the Raiders who promptly moved into FG range connecting on a 25 yard field goal to make the score 37-8.
The Lions put a nice drive together late in the fourth quarter finished off by great 41 yard touchdown run by Jordan Nixon and a succesful two point conversion toss from Harris to Knatte for a final score 37-16.
The Lions must quickly put this one behind them as a talented Beaumont Ozen squad will be in Lion county Saturday night for game two of the this very tough 20-4A schedule.
Everyone come early Saturday night for the tailgate party and fill the stands to support your Lions as they try and right the ship Saturday night against Ozen.
Clint Davis is a sports commentator for local radio station KETX
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