Lions fall to powerful ground attack

NEW LONDON 54, LONE TREE 26

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Blaise Porter’s five rushing touchdowns led New London to a 54-26 victory over Lone Tree this past Friday in the Lions’ home opener.

After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, the Tigers scored as many points in the final period as the home team did the entire game. The Lions had kept things close until then, tying the score after one quarter and falling behind by just six points at the half.

But four New London touchdowns in an eight-minute span in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.

New London piled up 553 rushing yards, led by Porter’s 295 yards and five touchdowns.

Lone Tree junior quarterback Cade Shield passed for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for a score.

“I was happy with the way our team competed,” Lone Tree head coach Aaron Bohr said. “We were able to keep the game close, but in the end, we just couldn’t keep New London’s best players from making plays.

“We had to throw a lot of young guys into the deep end early because we had a couple of our best players sustain injuries and they accepted the challenge, so I was pleased with that.”

The Tigers had more than twice as many rushing attempts as the Lions and averaged 8.8 yards. Their longest rushing touchdown was a 55-yard sprint.

Shield was able to find senior Alex Viner and junior Cade Patterson for a combined 12 pass completions. Each caught 12 passes, Viner for 143 yards and a touchdown, and Patterson for 79 yards and two scores.

Lone Tree had a few lucky breaks, as twice during the game, New London scored a touchdown that was offset by penalties. Even with a raucous fan section and constant cheers from the home crowd on Senior Night, the Lions were unable to retaliate. 

The Lions are home again this week on Homecoming Week, hosting GMG at 6:30 p.m.

“For the next game, our greatest focus is going to be on getting guys ready to play,” Bohr said. “Injuries have taken their toll on this team more so than in seasons past, so we are going to make sure our starters are fresh going into this next game and we are getting more guys reps in practice.”

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