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Congratulations, Lion Football Team, on a Great Season! It’s Always a Great Day to be a New Deal Lion!!
By Bron Fitzgerald
The New Deal Lions would play against the Hawley Bearcats Thursday, the 21st of November. The Lions would play their hearts out this game and just came home short in the long run.
Furthermore, starting the game off the lions showed great defense not allowing a single score in the first quarter of play. Now in the second quarter the Lions would struggle on both offense and defense, giving Hawley several chances to score, but even with their backs against the wall they never laid down and quit. Score at Halftime, Hawley 24 New Deal 0.
The Lions would come out with a slow start but eventually picked it up and ended up scoring twice in the 4th quarter, ending Hawkeyes’ shutout and showing that the Lions never give up till the final buzzer.
The Lions would sadly lose the game 44-13, but showed amazing perseverance to never quit and made our community proud. The Lions would finish up their season with a 10-2 record, and as bi-district champion.
Great job, Lions!!!
By Bron Fitzgerald
The New Deal Lions took on the Sundown Roughnecks in a very close battled game, which the Lions edged out a win. Starting the game off, the Lions would drive down the field and be finished off by Haden Caudill running it in for a 14 yard touchdown.
The Lions played a great game both offensively and defensively. On the next drive for the Lions, the offense would drive down the field yet again and Haden Caudill would get the score, putting the Lions up 12-7. The Lions would have a shutout 3rd quarter not allowing the roughnecks to gain any points.
Next, the Lions would have a run by Leric Eaton for a 45 yard touchdown putting the links up one more time, 18-14. In the end of the fourth quarter the Lions would drive down in a hard fought drive, eventually ran in by Haden Caudill yet again, giving the Lions the edge they needed to get the victory. Final score of the game, New Deal 25 Sundown 21.
By Bron Fitzgerald
 

This game started off with the Lions coming out and stopping the Owls in their tracks, which then led to a 72 yard rushing touchdown by Haden Caudill. Following this score the Lions would once again drive down the field and finish off the drive by Haden Caudill running in for a 1 yard touchdown, which would then be followed up by a 2 point conversion run by Derrick Delacruz. The score at halftime was 15-0, Lions on top. A huge reason for the New Deal Lions’ win was the great defense shown, as they have now shut out teams in back-to-back games not allowing a single point. Kicking off the 2nd half the Lions would continue to play amazing defense until the end. As for the offense, they would take the momentum given from these defense and use it to score a 47 yard rushing touchdown by Leric Eaton. The final score of the game would be Lions 22 Owls 0.

By Bron Fitzgerald
 
The New Deal Lions would start off the game fast and would be dominant throughout the whole night. First the Lions would start out with the ball and end up scoring extremely quick with Haden Caudill running for a 3 yard touchdown. Next the Lions would make the Whirlwinds fumble and then take the ball and score with Leric Eaton running for a 6 yard touchdown.
The next offensive series would be explosive with Leric Eaton running in for a 34 yard touchdown. The Lions’ defense had a great game, shutting out Floydada. Next the offensive series was a great transition of plays starting with Haden Caudill throwing to Dylan Jerden for a 9 yard touchdown. After this the Lions would just go on a rampage of scoring with Haden Caudill with a rushing touchdown for 11 yards. Finally, sealing the game off would be Harley Patterson with a 15 yard rushing touchdown. The final score would be New Deal 42 Floydada 0.
By Bron Fitzgerald
 
The Varsity Lions took on the Olton Mustangs onFriday the 11th of October. The Lions started the game off slow but would bounce back and end up clobbering the Mustangs. Starting the game off the Lions would score with a quick drive, finished off by Haden Caudill with a 3 yard touchdown run.
Next, the Lions would make a stop on defense, and then would score with Leric Eaton running in for a 7 yard touchdown. After Dylan Jerden intercepted an Olton pass, New Deal would score quickly off the turnover with a 15 yard pass to Colby Henderson for a touchdown. Then the Lions would attempt an onside kick and be successful, next bringing ab out a 48 yard touchdown pass from Haden Caudill to Dylan Jerden.
Finishing the game off and putting the nail in the coffin for the Mustangs was Leric Eaton running in for yet another 7 yard rushing touchdown.
By Bron Fitzgerald
 
The Lions competed against Trinity Christian Friday the 4th of October. Starting the game off, New Deal would drive down the field, and finish off the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Leric Eaton. Next, for the Mean Green Haden Caudill would throw a 30-yard pass to Derrick Delacruz for a New Deal Lion touchdown.
Finishing up the first half for the Lions they would be tied with Trinity Christian 13 to 13. The Lions’ defense started off slow but regained their dominance in the 2nd half and wouldn’t allow another score by Trinity Christian.
Starting off the 2nd half the Lions would come out hot scoring 3 times in the third quarter alone. Now in the 4th quarter, the Lions would sail their way to victory and score one more touchdown to completely shut out all hopes for Trinity. The final score of the football game would end at New Deal 39 and Trinity Christian 13.
By Bron Fitzgerald

The New Deal Lions played against the Stanton Buffaloes, on Friday the 20th of September in their 2019 Homecoming game. The game started out with an impressive Lions’ defense, as they would stop the Buffaloes four times in the red zone and not allow a single score the entire game. Now, on the offensive side of the ball senior quarterback Haden Caudill would take it to the house scoring a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Following the next defensive stop, the Lions would take the ball and once again drive down the field. Finishing the drive would be Caudill on a 11 yard pass to classmate Dylan Jerden.
The Lions would be up 14-0 at halftime, but unfortunately the game would be cancelled due to harsh weather conditions. On the good side, the Lions’ defense played amazing and leading the team in tackles this week would be sophomore Leric Eaton with 15, senior Dylan Jerden with 13, and junor Noah Vasquez with 8.
After the team’s performance, Eaton thought the team improved on, “executing the defense and stopping the run.” Classmate Colby Henderson also added in, “It took a while for us to get into our rhythm, but as soon as we got it back we couldn’t be stopped.” And finally sophomore Harley Patterson thought the game went well and had a few thoughts on what the Lions should improve on for their next game, “We need to be more dominant and quick off the ball and really cause pressure on the opposing offense; if we do that we should be fine.”
Coming off a big win against the Muleshoe Mules, the Lions were ready to take down the Slaton Tigers. Both teams are going in with perfect records at 2-0, but someone has to come out with a loss. Luckily the Lions took care of business and continued their perfect streak.
The first half was close and both teams stalemated one another for quite some time. The Lions drew blood first with a touchdown in the second quarter! This would be the only points put up on the board for either team the entire half. The Lions’ defense came alive and stomped the Tigers even as they edged into red zone. A momentum changing fumble recovery by defensive end Bron Fitzgerald allowed the Lions to take a knee and end the half. The score was 7-0 as the Lions headed into the locker room to regroup.
“We need to limit our mistakes and play like we know how to, especially on offense,” said senior offensive lineman Jayton Michell.
With the second half underway, the Lions tried to pull together and play better than they did in the first half. The Lions made several good blocks on offense and allowed Haden Caudill to throw ball efficiently to the intended receivers. With the several good looks, Caudill connected with Kyler Reed which was the second touchdown of the game and increased the Lions’ lead. Slaton still stayed in there and fought back hard. The Tigers took the ball and ran it over the Lions on their next possession. They would answer back with another touchdown from Caudill to Gavin Hernandez. Again the Tigers would answer with a kick return. With half of the time remaining in the quarter, both teams would not allow the other to score. With the final buzzer, the Lions were victorious by a score of 21-14.
“It was battle, but we came out and finished hard,” said junior wide receiver Kyler Reed.
Leading tacklers for the Lions were Dylan Jerden with 13 solos and 2 assists, Arric Mares with 12 solos and 2 assists, and Colby Henderson with 9 solos and 1 assist. Briggs Trocchio and Bron Fitzgerald were both credited with one sack apiece. Fitzgerald and Noah Vasquez were credited with one fumble recovery each.
By Bron Fitzgerald
The New Deal Lions played their first playoff game against the Highland Park Hornets Thursday, the 14th. The Lions would win this game and showed their exception offense and def we throughout the game.
Beggining in the first quarter the Lions would stop the Hornets’ offense, and the Lions would then take the ball and score with Haden Caudill running it in for a New Deal touchdown.
The Lions’ first half was slow as they only scored 13, but the Lions flipped the switch coming out into the 2nd half. Now in the 3rd quarter the Lions would hand the ball off the Derrick Delacruz who would run it in for a 6 yard touchdown.
Following this score the Lions would go on a frenzy with Leric Eaton scoring two touchdown one for 18 yards and the other for 14 yards. As well as the usual handoffs and passes thrown for touchdowns, Colby Henderson returned an onside kick and would take it all the way to the house, give the lions a little extra cushion to pull of the win.
The Final score of the first round playoff game would be New Deal 39 Highland Park 24.
By Bron Fitzgerald

The New Deal Lions played against the Stanton Buffaloes, on Friday the 20th of September in their 2019 Homecoming game. The game started out with an impressive Lions’ defense, as they would stop the Buffaloes four times in the red zone and not allow a single score the entire game. Now, on the offensive side of the ball senior quarterback Haden Caudill would take it to the house scoring a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Following the next defensive stop, the Lions would take the ball and once again drive down the field. Finishing the drive would be Caudill on a 11 yard pass to classmate Dylan Jerden.
The Lions would be up 14-0 at halftime, but unfortunately the game would be cancelled due to harsh weather conditions. On the good side, the Lions’ defense played amazing and leading the team in tackles this week would be sophomore Leric Eaton with 15, senior Dylan Jerden with 13, and junor Noah Vasquez with 8.
After the team’s performance, Eaton thought the team improved on, “executing the defense and stopping the run.” Classmate Colby Henderson also added in, “It took a while for us to get into our rhythm, but as soon as we got it back we couldn’t be stopped.” And finally sophomore Harley Patterson thought the game went well and had a few thoughts on what the Lions should improve on for their next game, “We need to be more dominant and quick off the ball and really cause pressure on the opposing offense; if we do that we should be fine.”