CLEVELAND ESCAPES WITH 23-12 VICTORY
Lions Secure Home Field Throughout Playoffs With Win
September 17, 2005
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!