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Lions blank Swarm, 36-0
Cleveland defense allows only 11 yards in shutout
07/30/2007

After allowing 42 points and over 300 rushing yards in their last outing, the historically-strong Lions' defense made sure it got back on track -- and in a big way.

Cleveland, behind a stellar defensive effort that allowed only 11 total yards, got back to its winning ways with a 36-0 shutout victory over the Ohio Swarm in the MCFL regular season opener at Bedford Bearcat Stadium.

The Lions also posted a big night on special teams, scoring two touchdowns and recording a safety. In addiiton, kicker Joe Lindway was a perfect 2-2 on field goals and 4-4 on PATs.

Cleveland got the scoring started with Lindway's first field goal of the evening, a 35-yarder with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter. It was the only points in the first quarter, but a flury of scoring was soon to follow. Albert Wilhelmy, filling in for the injured Jon Hunek, opened the second quarter scoring by finding tight end Mike Parris open in the endzone from 16-yards out. Lindway's PAT moved the score to 10-0 and the floodgates quickly opened.

On the Swarm's ensuing possession, the Lions recorded a safety after a botched punt snap sailed over the head of the punter, who smartly booted the errant ball through the endzone. On the following free kick, Lions' reserve running back Darren Harris pulled off a highlight reel return, weaving in and out of traffic to finally hit paydirt. The extra point capped off the 16-point explosion that took up a grand total of one minute, 26 seconds.

The Lions added to its lead in the second half after Tim Weeks' blocked punt landed in the arms of defensive end Kris Eck, who bullied his way to a touchdown. The scoring was capped off in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Anthony Smith connected with wideout Darnell Williams for an 8-yard touchdown strike.

Cleveland outgained the Swarm 208-11. Chip McClain was the leading rusher, posting 66 yards on 14 carries. Dave Soucie reeled in 3 passes for 33 yards. Kris Eck, Dave Schierbaum and Jerry Adams led the way on defense.

The Lions (2-2) return to action next Saturday to take on the defending MCFL champion West Michigan Force. Cleveland's only two losses last season were to the Force, a 20-17 defeat during the regular season and a 18-14 setback in the playoffs.

Gametime is set for 7:30pm at Bedford Bearcat Stadium.


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