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CLEVELAND TAMES CENTRAL OHIO, 38-6

Lions vs. Seminoles Championship Game Set for October 15th
October 10, 2005
Mike Parris

Chip McClain ran for 123 yards and Jon Hunek threw three touchdown passes as the Cleveland Lions struck early and often to defeat the Central Ohio Lions 38-6 on a muddy field at John Marshall.

The semifinal victory sets up another battle with the Detroit Seminoles, who earned a 33-0 victory over the Kings Comets in the other MCFL semifinal game.

Although Cleveland's margin of victory was comfortable, it was the Central Ohio Lions who struck paydirt first. Using a crisp passing game, Central Ohio jumped out to a quick 6-0 advantage on a 20 yard pass from QB John Freeman to WR Danny Mack. Central Ohio's two-point conversion attempt was thwarted, leaving the score 6-0 with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter.

It did not take Cleveland long to respond, as the Lions used a quick 3-play drive to take the lead. Hunek found WR Melvin Stewart on a 54 yard touchdown pass and Joe Lindway booted the extra point for a 7-6 lead. The Lions would never look back.

An 85-yard drive early in the second quarter was capped off by a 5 yard touchdown pass from Hunek to Vernell Jackson making the score 14-6. Right before halftime, Hunek hooked up with Melvin Stewart again, this time on a 10 yard touchdown pass. The strike gave the Lions a comfortable 21-6 lead heading into intermission.

Cleveland turned to the running of Chip McClain and a staunch defense to put the game out of reach. McClain bursted through around left end early in the third quarter for a 20 yard touchdown and 28-6 advantage. Meanwhile, the Lions' defense frustrated the overmatched Central Ohio rushing attack. Central Ohio totaled only 51 yards on 28 carries in the contest.

A 3 yard touchdown run by Charlie Johnson and 25 yard Joe Lindway field goal ended Cleveland's string of 38 unanswered points. The final quarter was scoreless and the final scoreboard showed a dominating Cleveland win.

The MCFL Championship Game will feature the 12-0 Cleveland Lions against the 11-1 Detroit Seminoles for the third consecutive year. Detroit captured the title in 2003 with a 21-17 victory, while Cleveland earned the championship in 2004 with a 16-0 victory in Detroit.

The all-time series between the two juggernauts is tied 3-3. Cleveland grabbed a hard-fought 14-11 victory four weeks ago in the regular season meeting.

Come join the Lions Saturday, October 15th as the Lions look for their second consecutive MCFL Championship. Kickoff is 7:30pm at John Marshall Field. See you there!


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