Port Neches- The Livingston Lions proved that tradition and facilitites are no substitute for grit and and determination, as the Lions rolled over the PNG Indians Fiday night 34-14.
When Lion running back Undra Hollman rambled over the right side for the score with 7:59 left in the fourth quarter extending the Lion lead to 27-14, the 8,000 strong Indian faithful began heading for the exits.
On the fourth play from scrimmage Josh Henderson made a great one handed interception and scampered down the right sideline for a touchdown giving the Lions a quick 7-0 lead with 10:36 to go in the first quarter.
Aided by a mix up in the Lions secondary PNG was able to move quickly into Lion territory and get in for the score on a 4 yd run with 8:46 remaining in the first quarter missing the PAT to make the score 7-6.
After the next Lion drive stalled the Indians got the ball back and tried to take the lead thru the air, but Dustin Harris had other ideas as he stepped in front of an Indian pass and raced in for the score at the 9:37 mark of the second quarter givng the Lions a 14-6 lead.
PNG not wanting to disapoint the huge home crowd fought hard to keep it close as the Indian quarterback fired a perfect strike over the middle for a 42 yd score with :32 remaining in the half, the two point conversion was good tieing the score 14 as the two teams headed to the locker room.
In what seemed like a repeat of last week the Lions took the second half kickoff and led by a dominating offensive line the Lions drove 60 yds using half of the third quarter clock and Jordan Nixon capped off the drive with a 4 yd run to give the Lions a 21-14 lead with 7:08 to go in the thrid quarter.
The Lion defense led by the varsity debut of sophmore linebacker Blake Burman with plenty of help from Ricky Wagner and Carlos Moreno shut down all PNG efforts to score for the rest of the second half. Burman and Wagner lived in the Indian backfield pounding the Indians into submission as they sacked and constantly harrassed the Indian quarterback.
The Lions played a near perfect second half and when Quinton Jackson took the handoff form Harris and sprinted 49 yds for the score with 5:15 left in the contest it became official the Lions are a force to be reckoned with in this tough 20-4A district.
The Lions will be at home in the jungle next Friday night as they battle LCM on homecoming night.
Clint Davis is a sports radio commentator for local radio KETX 92.3 fm
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