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Turnovers Doom Lions in 60-32 loss

05/22/2019 5:17 PM

 After gaining steam and winning two in a row, the Columbus Lions (2-3) ran into the one of the toughest teams in the NAL, the Carolina Cobras, (4-1) and wasn’t able to keep up, dropping on the road 60-32. It was a quick strike from Julius Gregory to Charle McCullum for a 27-yard touchdown to put the Cobras up 6-0 on Columbus. After throwing a pick-six, courtesy of Mike Green, Luke Collis would answer back with a 14-yard touchdown to Chris Sanders-McCullom. JT Surrat would add on a blocked field goal return for a touchdown and Blake Erickson tacked on a 33-yard field goal, but Columbus would head into the half down 21-15.
Fast forward to the 4th quarter, the Lions found themselves down 44-18, but would put together back to back touchdown drives thanks to Sanders McCullom and Paris Mack to bring the score to 44-32. But a near seven-minute drive and a pick-six later and the Lions left Carolina with a loss. Luke Collis completed 17 of 36 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns, but would throw four interceptions, three going for touchdowns, and was sacked three times. Paris Mack led all receivers with eight receptions for 140 yards.
The bright spot for Columbus was the defense. The Lions only gave up 139 total yards to the Cobras. They were also able to hold the Cobras to 0-6 on 3rd downs and sacked the quarterback twice. Rico Johnson had an interception to his name while Shattle Feteng had six pass break-ups.
For the Cobras, they stay at home to face the struggling Orlando Predators (1-4). The Lions get a week off to rest and think things over as they get ready for round 2 vs the Cobras. The two teams tangle again on June 1st at 7PM in the Columbus Civic Center.