|By: Matthew Hester
Columbus Lions Indoor Football
Media Relations Director
COLUMBUS, GA (May 20, 2012) – On Saturday, the Columbus Lions (5-4) of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) fell in a 74-64 shootout to the Richmond Raiders (7-2).
Helping lead to the Lions demise on Saturday was three consecutive turnovers in the 3rd quarter, including a fumble recovery in the end-zone by linebacker Preston Hines, Richmond scored 29 unanswered points stretching from the end of the 2nd quarter to beginning of 4th quarter.
PIFL leading receiver Maurice Dupree hauled in another four touchdowns on 11 receptions for 168 yards while quarterback Randy Hippeard completed 23 of 37 passes for 348 yards and nine touchdowns.
With 13:21 left to play and down 51-23, Hippeard and company got within ten of the Raiders on two different occasions thanks to reaching the end-zone six times on tosses of 28, 38, 30, 12, 30, and 30.
But it would be too little too late as Richmond QB Antwon Young completed 17 of 32 passes for 268 yards and five touchdowns while more importantly leading the Raiders to zero turnovers. Richmond scored four rushing touchdowns with Young and fullback Jordan Pavilisin splitting the scores.
Saturday’s win over the Lions all but clinches a home playoff game for the Raiders while Columbus will need to win out their remaining three regular season games (6/2 @ Louisiana, 6/9 vs. Albany, and 6/16 vs. Knoxville) as well as get some help from Richmond when they host Albany on June 16th for them to have any hope of hosting a playoff game.
All clubs in the PIFL will enjoy the upcoming Memorial Weekend off, before both returning to action on Saturday June 2nd.
The Raiders will travel back to the Von Braun Center to battle the reeling Alabama Hammers (2-9) losers of four straight while Columbus will finish off the last-leg of their current three-game road trip in Lake Charles versus the Swashbucklers (4-5). A loss to Louisiana could watch the Lions fall to a tie with the Bucs in third place.
For more information about how you can get tickets to the final two home games, contact the Lions front office at 706-322-3336 or log on to www.columbuslions.net.
The Columbus Lions announced they will become a member of the Arena Developmental League on Tuesday afternoon. The Lions join the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, who announced their intentions to join the ADL on Tuesday morning, as the first two franchises to commit to the ADL. “As a staff and an ownership group, at all times, it’s about the product we put on the field for our fans,” said Lions head coach and general manager Jason Gibson. “Our No. 1 priority was moving up and bringing in a higher caliber of entertainment, teams, coaches, and personnel from top to bottom. It’s a great opportunity for us, and we felt we owed it to our fans. “Our players need a platform to show what they can do. This league will harness their talent and get guys where they need to be. Some of the best satisfaction for a coach is to see players down the road have success. I’m excited.” Both the Lions and Steelhawks have been established indoor football ...