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CLEVELAND ESCAPES WITH 23-12 VICTORY

Lions Secure Home Field Throughout Playoffs With Win
September 17, 2005
Mike Parris

Jon Hunek threw for 217 yards and Melvin Stewart hauled in six passes for 130 yards and a touchdown as the Cleveland Lions ran their record to 10-0 with a 23-12 victory over the Louisville Bulls.

The Lions got on the board first, using a 24 yard touchdown strike from Hunek to Stewart midway through the first quarter. The extra point sailed wide left, however, leaving the score 6-0. Lions' kicker Joe Lindway made amends on the following drive, booting a 36 yard field goal to run the score to 9-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Louisville responded with a five play, 67-yard drive, capped off by a 2 yard touchdown scamper by quarterback Marcus Warren. Lions' safety Woody Allen blocked the extra point attempt, leaving the score 9-6 with halftime looming.

A 33-yard kickoff return by Vernell Jackson gave the Lions good field position with 2:07 remaining in the second quarter. A sack and incomplete pass, however, forced the Lions into a long yardage situation near midfield. On 3rd and 15, Hunek found a streaking Stewart down the middle of the field for a 51 yard gain to the one yard line. RB Chip McClain punched it in from there, giving Cleveland a 16-6 lead at the half.

Following a three-and-out series by the Bulls, the Cleveland special teams once again set up a Lions' score. DE Eric Gibson broke through to block a punt, recovered deep in Bulls' territory. The Lions' offense needed only one play to hit paydirt, as Chip McClain took a pitch around left end in for a 10-yard score. Lindway's added the extra point for a 23-6 advantage.

Louisville added another score late in the fourth quarter on a Marcus Warren pass to Toye Oloko. Cleveland's Jerry Adams blocked the extra point, keeping the Lions' lead at 23-12. Cleveland ran out the clock, perserving the double digit victory.

With the win, Cleveland assured themselves a first round bye and homefield advantage throughout the MCFL playoffs. A final regular season encounter with the Central Ohio Lions remains. Kickoff is at 7:30pm on Saturday (9-24) at John Marshall Field.

Continue to support the Lions as the move closer to defending their MCFL crown!

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