On a clear Thursday night at Gene Cox Stadium the Leon Lions hoped to rebound from a heartbreaking loss a week earlier as they took on the Crestview Bulldogs. But offensive miscues allowed Crestview to take down the Leon Lions 35-21 handing Leon its third consecutive loss. Crestview took a 7-0 lead early in the 1st quarter and never looked back as the Bulldogs were in control for much of the game on both sides of the ball as they stifled the Lions with a potent offensive attack and a stout defense. Crestview was able to capitalize on several Leon mistakes, while making the most of their opportunities, going 5 of 5 inside the red zone.
Crestview lead 14-7 at halftime and dominated the third quarter. The Bulldogs had the ball for nearly nine minutes in the quarter and were able to score on two drives. Trailing 28-7 heading into the fourth quarter, Leon never found its offensive groove. Although the Lions had plenty of opportunities to score, with ball inside the 20-yard line three times, Leon could only produce seven points and was fumble prone, turning the ball over 4 times in their own territory. A Leon fumble was recovered by RB Devontae Chapman in the end zone resulting in the Lions first score. At time the Lions showed sparks of life on several drives, but inconsistency gave Crestview one too many chances. “It’s the second week we really haven’t played that well,” said Leon head coach Tim Cokley. “We play well at times but we’re turning the ball over and not tackling as we should.”
The contest did get a little interesting in the fourth quarter when Leon scored on a 31-yard pass play to ATH D’Anfernee McGriff cut their deficit to 14 points. The Lions recovered the ensuing onside kick and took over at their own 43-yard line. A bad snap however, caused the drive to stall on 4th & 10 and the bulldogs took over at the Leon 38-yard line. Crestview would drive the ball down the field and score on a pass play making it 35-14 late in the fourth. Leon added a late rushing touchdown to make the final score Crestview 35, Leon 21.
Crestview improved to 2-4 with the win, Leon falls to 3-4. Up next for the Lions will be a home matchup against Pensacola Escambia.