LIONS TOP VIDOR TO CAPTURE SHARE OF DISTRICT TITLE Clint Davis
LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Lions used a relentless offensive attack and timely defensive stops to defeat the Vidor Pirates 42-35 to secure a co-district championship for the first time since 1973.
Vidor came into the contest with nothing to play for,but they didn't play like it,the Pirates took the opening kickoff almost the length of the field all on the ground punching it in from 1 yard out at the 6:55 mark of the first period for the early 7-0 advantage.
It didn't take the Lions long to answer as in one play Dustin Harris made great fake to Jackson and kept it around the left side going 56 yards for the score, in a blink of the eye the Lions had tied it at 7 with 6:43 to go in the first.
Later in the first Jordan Nixon gave the Lions the lead on a 3 yard run,after the Pirates had pulled even just before the half, they made the mistake of kicking the ball off to the Galloway Exxon player of the game Keaton Parker who took it to the house on a 70 yard kickoff giving the Lions the 21-14 lead and Lions never looked back.
The Lions took the second half kickoff and helped by a big run by Harris, Jordan Nixon bulled his way into the end zone form 3 yards out to extend the Lion lead to 14 early in the second quarter.
The Pirates would not quit as they kept it close by pulling to within 7 on a two yard run late in the third, but the Lions as they have done all year just kept answering the Pirates all night long score for score.
With :14 left in the Keaton Parker bolted 16 yards for the score to make it 35-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
After Vidor had cut it to 35-27 Dustin Harris blocked the extra point, Josh Henderson picked it up and almost took the other way to give the Lions 2 points but he was brought down on a good tackle at midfield.
So with the Lions leading by 8 and needing a score to secure a district championship they did what they do best went on a five minute drive capped off by 1 yard plunge by Brandon McGowen to put the Lions out in front 42-27, the Pirates added a late score and two point conversion to make the final margin 42-35 Lions.
Give the Lion players and coaches credit as they remained focused during this very tumultuous week to bring home a district championship for their school and town way to go boy's.
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