The Lions traveled to Duluth on Saturday to face their second region opponent Notre Dame Academy. Luck was on their side this weekend as the Lions jumped out early and never looked back. Lions move to 3-5 overall and 2-0 in the region. Friday will be a huge challenge for the gridiron Lions as we host the defending GISA State Champions in The Valwood School out of Hahira, Ga.
LOGANVILLE — Hurricane Florence produced a bit of rain in the Loganville Christian Academy Friday night but “hurricane Brookwood School” blew into town from Thomasville and put a 50-15 storm surge on the Lions (2-3).
According to LCA head coach Andre King, his troops were “outlasted, out executed and out played” in the loss. The good news is that “lots of kids got to play.”
The Warriors got on the board early and often, scoring on their first possession at 8:45 in the first quarter. LCA also got off to a fast start on their first possession when Dana Lucas Jr. snatched a fumble out of the air and ran it in at the 5:58 mark.
Brookwood hit a field goal from the 24 to take a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Fireworks broke out in the second quarter with Brookwood scoring twice and LCA once to give the Warriors a 22-15 lead at the half.
“We just ran out of gas…and players…at the end,” King lamented.
Brookwood scored four more times in the third quarter and LCA managed one more score late in the fourth quarter when, after a Sam Bixler fumble recovery, Jordan Jackson ran it from 25 yards out.
“We’ve just got to focus on getting healthy and getting ready for next week,” King said. The Lions will focus another tough Region 3 opponent next week, playing host to Tiftarea Academy.
Loganville Christian Academy made a long trip down to southwest Georgia but it was an even longer trip home after a 38-14 loss to Southland Academy here Friday night.
The Raiders led the Lions 14-7 at the half and as Andre King, head coach at LCA said, “It was a good football game at that point.” The second half saw a plethora of penalties on both teams and a fair share of trash talking.
“You have to give Southland credit,” King said, “They kept their focus and executed fundamental football.”
Southland scored on its first two possessions, its first coming on a sustained drive with five first downs capped by a 1-yard quarterback keeper. The Raiders’ second score came on the first play of the second quarter.
LCA’s Chance McClendon had an outstanding game, collecting a Raider fumble and giving the Lions a great chance to keep the score close. At 5:20, Dana Lucas Jr. scored on a 10-yard reverse and with a good point after, the Lions were behind by one touchdown.
Late in the second quarter, LCA went into a hurry-up offense and moved the ball down the field with relative ease until a Cameron Anderson interception brought the drive to a halt.
Southland opened the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a score but, as was often the case, a costly penalty brought the ball all the way back to its own 23. On their second possession of the half, the Raiders scored on a 56-yard run at 7:10.
LCA got nowhere on its next possession and the ball went over on downs. It was at that point than McClendon put on a one-man wrecking crew, sacking the QB and generally disrupting the Raider offense to the point where they were forced to attempt a fourth down conversion at midfield — an attempt that failed with the help of McClendon.
Southland did extend its lead with scores in the third and fourth quarter. A late score by LCA brought the final to 38-14. LCA, now 2-2, returns home next week to host the Brookwood School from Thomasville.