Lions struggle on the road

By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Weir Lions traveled last Thursday night to Nanih Waiya to take on the Warriors and received a 34-7 defeat.

On the first play of the game, Nanih Waiya’s Isaiah Eiland set the tone with a 71-yard kickoff return with 11 seconds into the first quarter.

The Lions’ first possession of the game proved to be unproductive and they were forced to punt.

The Warriors came back building a drive that would be capped by an 8- yard run by Jamarlo Smith for Nanih Waiya’s second touchdown. Weir trailed, 14-0.

Weir put forth effort to answer back, but a turnover on downs gave the Warriors another opportunity to score. However, deep in their own territory the Warriors fumbled the ball and Weir’s Gage Bates grabbed it giving the Lions possession again. But the Warriors stepped up their defense halting Weir’s ability to produce points.

Nanih Waiya’s next series of plays included two stops by Lion defenders for loss of yards keeping the score within reach.

The Lions came back with a drive that seemed to be heading in the right direction which included a 32-yard gain by senior running back Darius Brown putting Weir in Warrior territory. But Nanih Waiya defense amped up their pass protection preventing senior quarterback Tyler Henson from completing the pass needed to put the Lions on the board.

On the ensuing possession, the Warrior offense came up big when quarterback Luke Rosamond added another Nanih Waiya touchdown from one yard out with 14 seconds left in the first half of the game. With a 21-0 lead at halftime, all momentum seemed to be going in favor of the Warriors.

In the third quarter Nanih Waiya reached the end zone twice, once on a 72 yard run early in the second half of the game and the other from one yard out by Deandre Holmes.

However, the Lions went down fighting all the way refusing to let this game be a shutout win for the Warriors.

In the fourth quarter, junior running back Jermy Miller topped off a successful Lion drive with 6:50 left in the game after making a nine- yard dash to the end zone. Tyler Martin added the extra point.

On the offensive side of the ball, Brown led the rushing attack with 10 carries for 72 yards while Willie Miller followed with 11 carries for 39 yards. J. Miller had five carries for 34 yards with one touchdown while Mello Woodard had one carry for four yards.

The Lions now hold 1-6 overall record and a 0-4 record in district play.

Weir has an open week before meeting Sebastopol on Friday, Oct. 11 at home. The Lions are hoping after their week of rest to gain a district win over the Bobcats (2-4, 1-3).

Kickoff for the next Lion game is set for 7:00 p.m.