Lions keep perfect season alive with 82-0 victory over Harrisburg Stampede

by Rylee Bamberger

Columbus, Ga. – The Columbus Lions dominated the Harrisburg Stampede on both sides of the ball en route to an 82-0 win at the Lion’s Den over the weekend.

“It felt good to get back out there after a month off," said head coach Damian Daniels. "We were able to continue to do what we do and dominate."

The Lions’ passing game was too much for the Stampede’s secondary. Marcus Brooks finished the game with 173 yards and six touchdowns. Brooks now has thrown for 1,269 yards and 34 touchdowns and leads every single passing category for the AIF.

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Jarmon Fortson led the Lions’ receivers after he hauled in nine receptions for 95 yards and three touchdowns. The hometown hero is now leading the AIF with 315 receiving yards and tied his current teammates, Romond Deloatch and Tremell Gooden, for the lead with eight touchdown receptions.

The Lions’ defense shut down the Stampede for all four quarters. Defensive lineman Jatavius Ponder led the unit with seven tackles, including four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks and he returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Desmond Scott wreaked havoc on the opposing quarterback and led the Lions with four sacks. The rookie from Kennesaw State now has 10 sacks on the season, which leads the AIF.

The Lions’ season is coming to a close with only one more game in the season before the championship game on June 14. The last game of the regular season will be an exhibition game on Saturday, June 8 against the Peach State Cats. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. EST at the Lion’s Den.