Running back, David Caddy trots into the endzone with 2:24 remaning in the game to give the Lions the win.
Baby Steps: Young Lions Learn to Win, LIVINGSTON, October 19, 2013 - Baby steps are tough. Emotional and happy they may be, but they're accompanied by trips, loss of balance, falls, pain, and tests of confidence. The young Lions are taking their baby steps, and there's a lot of falling, but these Lions are growing and their steps are showing progress. When the Lumberton Raiders came to town on Friday night, the Lions took the field, and ultimately took the game for their first win of the season. It was a nice thing to see the happiness on the faces of the kids as they ran off the field while the last few seconds ticked off the clock.
5:39, Lumberton attempts a punt from their own endzone, but a bad snap and a bobbled ball led to a safety as the punter saw that he couldn't get the kick off, so he threw it out of the back of the endzone. Lions 2, Raiders 0
6:24, Raiders throw a 15 yard TD pass and missed the PAT. Raiders 6, Lions 2
2:03, Raiders kick about a 35 yard field goal. Raiders 9, Lions 2
11:26, Quarterback Kurt Wilson throws 35 yard TD pass to Cole McAdams and then made PAT. Game tied at 9 apiece.
2:24, Running Back David Caddy takes a handoff and runs in a TD from 5 yards out. Lions convert PAT: Final Score: Lions 16, Raiders 9.
When the Lions scored that last TD with 2:24 remaining on the clock, I was concerned about too much time being left for the pass happy Raiders to work the ball down the field and send the game into overtime. Sure enough they came out throwing and began moving the chains with an effective air attack. The Lion defense gave a little, but ultimately held. The Lion secondary was tested throughout the game, and did get burned a few times, but they also learned, and when it came down to the last seconds, they held. The defensive line was equally responsible for the pressure that they were putting on the Raider quarterback who was also a decent runner. Congratulations to the Lions for securing that first victory, but there's much more pain to go through. Bumps, bruises, falls, and tests of their will, but they'll be alright (they're Rowe's kids, they're pretty tough).
Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
Xavier Hutchinson (24) takes a handoff from Lion Quarterback, Kurt Wilson.
A Raider ball carrier it stopped for a huge loss around their own 2 yard line.
Touchdown Raiders. Lumberton had a very pass orientated offense.
The Raiders could gain huge pieces of real estate through the air, but the Lion defense still held them to only 9 points.
Tight end, Cole McAdams cruises into the endzone after a 35 yard catch and run.
Running back, David Caddie faces a surplus of Raider defenders.
Kyle Hanes (58) helps clear a path for Hutchinson.
David Caddie takes the handoff that would result in a five yard TD and be the game's final score to secure the 2013 Lions' first win of the season.
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