Oh what a night it was last Friday on September 10th when the Nocona Indians rolled into town looking to scalp some Lions, but instead the Kings of the Jungle sent them home with their feathers hanging low after a 61- 14 whooping setting a new school scoring record. This year’s team seems to set a new record each time they hit the field setting one with each game! Friday night the Lions came out on fire with a 90 yard kick off return by Graham Whitewood to get things going! But Nocona answered with a passing play to score and go ahead 7-6. Nocona again scored on a run and were leading the Lions 14-6 at the 4:00 mark. But the Lions were just resting up. Tad Tamplen came in with a 5 yard run to tie up the score, and then Zane Cassidy scored with a 2 yard run. The 2 point conversion was good with the Lions leading at the end of the first quarter 22-14. While it looked like it might be a close game, the Lions knew differently, and in the second quarter the red “reign” flowed. Tad Tamplen again ran 9 yards for a touchdown and Clifton Cooper made a 27 yard pass to Case Peacock for another Lion TD. But the best was just about to happen when the defense came in. Number 33, Juke Kelley, lined up to defend and just when Nocona’s quarterback threw the pass, intercepted it and ran it in 10 yards for a touchdown! A nice pick six for Juke, and arguably the most exciting play of the night. Cooper wasn’t through with Nocona and continued the aerial assault raining down two more passes, a 5 yarder to Dillon Cope and a 6 yarder to Hayes Hutcherson, to score two more touchdowns. With PATS and 2 point conversions good, the score at the half was 49-14. The Lions came out for the second half ready to finish off the Indians, and that is what they did. In the third quarter, Cooper passed to Hayes Hutcherson again for a 6 yard touchdown bringing the score to 55-14. This was by far the most points a Lion team had ever scored, but the Lions wanted to add to that and make that record even higher, so in the 4th quarter with some fresh players in, number 7, Cooper Reynolds makes a 44 yard pass to number 30, Cooper Perkins to bring the score to a whopping 61 points, setting yet another school record. I don’t know if we should dub this the “red fever” we have around here, but Coach Cooper and his team of coaches and players have certainly got us all “infected”, pumped, and ready for some FOOTBALL!!
**Thanks to Emily Dietzmann for some of our pictures.