LIVINGSTON, October 26, 2009 - The Livingston Lions came out determined to give their big homecoming crowd a good show, the defense held the Dogs to a three and out and the offense rolled 89 yards in 13 plays to take an early 7 point lead.
The Dogs returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to tie the score, a Lion fumble led to 3 more points and the Dogs opened the second quarter with a long touchdown pass to take a 17-7 lead.The Lions knowing their playoff lives were on the line, refused to quit, KeKe Johnson went in for the score from 5 yards out and the Lions were within 3 at 17-14. The Dogs added another score just before the half and went into the locker room with all the momentum and a 24-14 lead.The Lions were unable to overcome some untimely penalties that stalled their opening drive of the third quarter forcing the Lions to give the ball back, and the Dogs took advantage scoring another touchdown at the 9:19 mark to take a 31-14 lead. With these young Lions unable to draw inspiration from the hometown fans who began streaming out of the stadium with almost a whole quarter left to play, the game would end at 31-14,several players commented how discouraging it was to see the fans giving up on them.As tough as the last two weeks has been on this reporter and broadcaster it has been twice as hard on this coaching staff and players who have never given up continue to give it everything they have to get this thing back on the right track. This group of young Lions should look back to '06, the last time the Lions missed the playoffs with a talented group of underclassmen who used the lessons they learned in that tough season to send them on the most successful two year run in more that forty years, and I expect nothing less from this group of talented young men.The Lions will battle the Central Jaguars next Friday night on senior night in the Jungle.
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