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Lions fall late in Jacksonville, 53-48

07/21/2018 9:45 PM
The Lions dropped a close one to the Sharks on the road in Jacksonville on Saturday night. Like stated in the preview it was a back and forth game all night long, but a turnover on downs with 20 seconds left gave the Sharks a 53-48 victory.
It was another tough offensive night for the Lions as they only managed 226 total yards of offense. Offensive efficiency was the biggest difference between both teams. The Lions only averaged 4.8 yards per play, while the Sharks averaged 7.3 yards per play. The Lions were 6 of 11 in third down conversions. One of the biggest areas of concern this season for Columbus has been special teams. A little over a month ago the newly acquired Tyler Rausa gave fans comfort that he could fix the kicking woes. In that first game he did, but the Lions have seen the kicking game hurt them in the past couple of weeks. The Lions were 2 of 6 in field goal attempts. These misses alone left 12 points off the board, if converted just three of the four missed field goals, the Lions would have been victorious.
Mason Espinosa was held to under 200 total yards for the second straight game, this time by a stingy Sharks defense. The Lions offense also missed running back Quayvon Hicks. Without Hicks, the Lions struggled to move the ball on the ground. Wide receiver Jarmon Fortson was the lone bright spot on the offense. Fortson racked up 110 yards on eight receptions and one touchdown.
This loss drops the Lions record to 8-5 on the season and in third place. With only two regular season games remaining, the Lions will look to right the ship at home as the Maine Mammoths come to town.
Tickets can be bought online at columbuslions.net or at the Columbus Civic Center Box office. Back packs are available to the first 500 kids who are 18 under sponsored by Metro PCS. Remember free admission for all teaches with school ID. Come early to join the Cruise In / Block Party starting at 12pm-5pm. $10 per car & $5 per motorcycle (Live bands, vendors, kids’ corner, car show with awards 330pm) Lastly there is a fundraiser for Harris County Youth Football