Columbus Lions Roar to Opening Night Victory Against South Florida Thunder
Written by Matthew Kelly
The Columbus Lions kicked off their season with a resounding victory against the South Florida Thunder on Mother's Day. The Lions started strong, taking a commanding 47-12 lead in the first half, and held off a late comeback attempt by the Thunder, edging them out with a final score of 73-56.
Quarterback Marcus Brooks led the Lions offense with eight touchdown passes, connecting with veterans Alex Coleman, Ramon's Deloatch, Desmond Reece, and Ken Washington for impressive scores. Newcomer Demacio Ewing also made a big splash in his debut, returning a kickoff for a touchdown that electrified the crowd.
While the Lions' defense looked sluggish at times, they still managed to make great plays, particularly in the secondary. Led by Dorell Green's two interceptions, the defense forced five turnovers in total, helping to stave off the Thunder's late surge.
This was an impressive showing for new Head Coach Chris McKinney in his first game with the Lions. The team displayed great chemistry and coordination on the field, and the offense executed with precision and efficiency.
The Lions will aim to continue their winning ways this season as they return to the Lions Den on May 27 at 6 pm to take on the Carolina Predators. With their opening night win, the Lions have set high expectations for themselves and their fans this season, and they look poised to rise to the challenge.