Lions blank J.O. at Legion Field

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 7, 2006

The Briarwood Lions took their show on the road Friday night to claim the 21-0 victory over the Mustangs of Jackson-Olin at Legion Field.

After a heartbreaking loss to Chelsea in the 5A Region 5 championship game, the Lions sought momentum going into the playoffs with a win over the Mustangs.

A stingy Mustang defense managed to hold Barrett Trotter and the highly potent Lions&8217; offense scoreless in the first half.

While the offense was stagnant, the defense shouldered the load keeping the Mustang offense out of the end zone.

&8220;I was frustrated, but not discouraged, that we were doing so well and had nothing to show for it.

I knew it was just a matter of erasing the penalties and eliminating the turnovers like the fumble we had on the 2-yard line,&8221; said Briarwood head football coach Fred Yancey at intermission.

Trotter and the Lions offense would not be denied in the second half.

After a 32-yard toss from Trotter to Nate Carlson, the Lions were in business from the Mustang 20-yard line.

Trotter would later scamper in for a 13-yard touchdown run.

With time clicking away late in the third quarter Trotter connected with Will Noel on a 16-yard touchdown strike.

The dynamic duo of Trotter and Carlson connected again in the fourth quarter, only this time for a 7-yard touchdown pass to finish the night with 164 yards between the two.

Noel had 68 yards receiving with one touchdown catch on the night.

Trotter was

23 of 34, rolling up 304 yards through the air throwing for two scores and rushing for one.

The Lions&8217; defense remained a constant force all night allowing 144 yards of total offense from the Mustangs to get the shutout.

Gil Townes was the strength for the Lions&8217; defense racking in a team leading 16 tackles, including two for a loss of yardage.

&8220;That is how you become a good team, by one side keeping it rolling when the other side has a flat tire.

Our defensive line got a lot of penetration and the defense as a whole remained steady and strong for us all night. Gil is just a dominant player and it showed Friday night,&8221; said Yancey.

The Lions concluded the regular season with an 8-2 record, but the &8220;second season&8221; starts as they prepare to take on Athens at home Friday night