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Lions defeat Buffs, increase record to 4-0

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.”

Lions win over Tigers, 21-14

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.

Lions defeat Buffs, increase record to 4-0

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.”