Lions wrap up another great season with a tough 14-7 loss
CARROLL - Liberty Union- Thurston Lions were the only lake area football team to make the playoffs this year. Last year the Lions made the state semifinals, losing to Kirtland – the 2011 state champion.
The Lions were seeded fifth out of the eight teams in Region 17. In the first round, they traveled to St. Clairsville to take on the fourth seeded and 9-1 Red Devils. St. Clairsville was the state runnerup last year in Division IV. The 8-2 and unranked Lions shut them out 31-0.
The victory then pitted the Lions against top-seed and No. 4 ranked Columbus Bishop Hartley last Saturday at Bloom-Carroll’s Carl Fix Stadium. Hartley was ranked No. 1 in the state last year and reached the state semifinals in Division IV.
The much smaller Lions held their own in the defensive battle. Hartley scored first with 45 seconds left in the first half after a high snap and poor punt gave them the ball on 28-yard line.
The Hawks made it 14- 0, scoring a touchdown with 3:58 left in the third quarter. The Lions struck back quickly with 3:07 left in the quarter, scoring on a pass to running back Jacob Basso who run in it for a touchdown.
The Lions held the Hawks scoreless in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t stop them from running out the clock.