Lions Coast in Shutout Win Over Eagles
Rookies get first taste of action, capitalize in preseason opener
Geneva, Ill. - A new season brought new faces to the Leyden squad, but all were welcomed early and often as the Lions started their 2013 campaign with a 27-0 shutout win over the Fox Valley Eagles Saturday night.
First year quarterback Timothy Collins was impressive in his first start, connecting on three passes for 101 yards before being subbed out for backup quarterback Alex Berbakov in the second half. Collins was particularly impressive during the game's first drive, leading his team downfield in just over three minutes for a touchdown. Collins capped the drive with a 34-yard pass to fellow rookie Corrice Burns in the corner of the end zone to take the lead.
"We've got a lot of individual athletes that have the potential to create a positive team chemistry," said Leyden head coach Jose Rodriguez. "We picked up Tim who has got a great arm. He's a great addition, and with the depth we now have with our top four or five receivers, we can spread the field. Before we couldn't play the whole field."
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Foxes Victorious in Sly Comeback over Lions
Leyden Falls to 1-2 after Springfield converts a 2-point conversion to end the game
Melrose Park, Ill. - A 22-21 come-from-behind win from the Springfield Foxes left the Leyden Lions stunned Saturday Night at Serpico Field.
With 1:33 left on the clock, the Lions had the game's momentum and a 14-point lead after defensive back Anthony Hughes intercepted Springfield quarterback Drew Fendrich. Hughes leapt, just yards away from Fendrich, and snatched the ball with one hand before returning it 59-yards for the score. Safety Detaureo Harrington also grabbed his fourth pick-six of the season with a 36-yard return that broke a 7-7 tie.
Springfield had 1:22 left in the game to make a comeback, and their chances looked bleak. They would have to score, recover an onside kick and score again.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, that is exactly what they did.
The Foxes scored two plays into a drive that started at the Lions' 38-yard line after Leyden was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Springfield kicker Mike Severino then aced his onside kick attempt and the Foxes recovered the ball on the Lions' 37-yard line. One play later, Springfield was in the end zone again after a 37-yard toss from Fendrich.
The Lions prepared to block the game-tying PAT but were taken by surprise when the Foxes sent out their offensive unit. Leyden stopped halfback Larry Carroll short of the goal line, but was flagged for illegal participation on the play. As the Lions hurried to switch out their personnel for the 2-point attempt, they were caught with 12 players on the field as a defender rushed for the sideline. Springfield made the most of their second chance opportunity, and Fendrich barreled over the goal line for the win.
The Lion's return to action Saturday, August 2nd when they visit the Chicago Mustangs at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Ill. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
by: Andrea Bradley