Varsity Football · Lions’ Football falls to Elgin 35 – 20

20 Blanchard High School
35 Elgin High School
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The Blanchard Lions Football Team kicked off the 2019 season on the road at Elgin and came back with a disappointing 35-20 loss to the Owls. Turnovers haunted the young Lions throughout the first half which allowed Elgin to get out on top early. The Lions fumbled on their opening series and Elgin’s Seneca Coleman scooped the ball up and raced 42 yards for a quick 7-0 lead. The Lions came back strong on their next possession with a 14 play drive that ended with a 4th down incompletion at the Owl 8 yard line. The Lion defense would hold the Owls to 3 plays and a punt, but on the ensuing possession the Lions again fumbled away the ball at midfield. Elgin would move the ball downfield and punch in another score from 1 yard out for a 14-0 lead. Blanchard responded quickly when Whit Carpenter took the kickoff and raced 88 yards for TD and Madron’s PAT made it 14-7 in favor of the Owls. The excitement was quickly wiped away when Elgin took the Blanchard KO and raced 81 yards for a TD and the lead was back to 14 at 21-7. On Blanchard’s next possession, a bad snap on a punt attempt sailed out of the endzone for a safety and the lead was now 23-7. After the safety, Elgin put together their best drive of the night, 45 yards on 11 plays, capped off by Coleman’s 12 yard TD run. Logan McKay blocked the PAT try and the lead was 29-7 in favor of the Owls. The Lions would respond again putting together another nice drive, but it ended when Colby Langford’s pass was intercepted at the 5 yard line. Neither team could do much on their next possessions and the first half ended at 29-7. Even though they are young, the Lions had something to prove in the 2nd half and they responded. Aided by a long pass play and a personal foul penalty, Elgin was able to move the ball to the Lions’ 9 yard line, but Whit Carpenter turned back the Owls with a nifty interception in the endzone and the Lions were in business. Blanchard didn’t waste time showing everyone they were not going to go down without a fight. Madron ran for 9 yards on 1st down, then took the next handoff and rambled 71 yards for a Lion TD. He capped off the PAT and the score was now 29-14 in favor of Elgin. Blanchard defense rose again and forced a quick 3 and out for Elgin giving the ball back to the offense. The Lions again drove into the Owl red zone, but a couple of big plays by Elgin turned back the Lions and the score remained 29-14. Another 3 and out by the defense gave the ball back to the offense and this time they didn’t waste the opportunity. On the 5th play of the possession, Bryce Madron took the handoff and outraced the Owls to the endzone for a 43 yard score. The PAT was no good and the score was Elgin 29, Blanchard 20. The Lion defense responded again on the Owls ensuing possession with an interception by Lincoln Smith. The offense came up big, once again, when Bryce Madron raced 40 yards around the left side and down the sideline for an apparent touchdown, but it was called back on a block in the back penalty. That, combined with 2 unsportsmanlike penalties on head coach Jeff Craig, ended any chance of the Lions recovering on that possession. The defense still held the Owls in check, but an excellent punt by the Owl punter bounded out of bounds at the Blanchard 5 yard line. A mishandled snap by Blanchard QB Chase Fox was pounced on by the Owls at the Lions 1 yard line. Two plays later Elgin punched it in for a 35-20 lead and any chances for a miraculous comeback had quickly faded. Even though the loss was a tough pill to swallow, a young football team grew up a lot in one half of football. Look for better days ahead for this football team. The Lions will be on the road next week as they travel to Anadarko to take on the 2-0 Warriors. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm.