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Lions tame Tigers in 45-6 W

Paul Gaudette
Staff Writer

Dublin Athletic Director Bob Cervetto reported the Lions will be facing some tough opposition this Friday as they travel to Albany to take on the state-ranked Lions at 7:30 p.m. The Dublin head coach said the opposition will have the benefit of size and experience, but he is anxious to see what his offensive line will do. 
Cervetto said that testing our mettle against strong opposition in pre-season play will aid the Lions when we enter district games.

Dublin’s memorial stadium was filled with cheers for the Lions’ season opener Friday night as the home team caged the Hico Tigers in a 45-6 victory. 
The Dublin AD credits part of this victory to a better showing of team strength.
“There was good improvement from the offensive linemen,” Cervetto said. “We have some young kids who played Thursday last year who are playing Friday nights this year. They are doing good adjusting to the speed of the game.”
He also credited his quarterback, Cy Wing, for his decision making on the field. Wing racked up 150 yards in passing and 90 yards in rushing, which included two of Dublin’s six touchdowns. These included the first TD run of the game which put Dublin in the lead with 7:46 left in the first quarter.
Dublin maintained this lead for all four quarters and held back the Hico Tigers from scoring until after the half, thanks to a strong showing by Dublin defense.
Lions made 73 tackles throughout the game with Manuel DeLeon leading the Pride with 9, Christian Ramirez tackled 8; Johnny Jurado and Joe Leos each knocked down 7; Andru Mendez and Taylor Patton brought down 6 each; Kevin Cervantes had 5 tackles; and Tyler Morrow took down another 4.
Jurado made 12 sacks, followed by Cervantes with 11 and Mateo Marquez with 9.
Huffman rushed in the second score for Dublin from 21 yards out with 50 seconds left in the first.
Wing’s second TD came in the second quarter with a rush from the 24-yard line. This was followed by a 14-yard rush by Kyler Madruga with 3:49 left in the first half.
The Lions immediately regained control thanks to an interception by Colten Couch, but were kept from the endzone. 
Dublin elected for a field goal kick, which was completed by Gabriel Renteria for a halftime score of 31-0. Renteria also went 6 for 6 in his PAT attempts throughout the game.
The third quarter started rocky with several penalty calls for targeting. Players are learning about this new designation, which dictates that players can’t be tackled if they are not looking in the direction of the opponent looking to bring them down.
The Lions regains their footing when Leos intercepted the ball and made a 21-yard TD with 7:01 left in the third.
The Tigers answered back with a TD of their own with two minutes left in the third, but missed their PAT.
Defense on both sides held players from scoring through most of the fourth quarter. This was until Leos intercepted the ball again. Wing then passed to Couch for the final TD with 51 seconds left on the clock. 
The Lions immediately regained control thanks to a fumble recovery by Leos.
Cervetto reported the Lions will be facing some tough opposition this Friday as they travel to Albany to take on the state-ranked Lions. The Dublin head coach said the opposition will have the benefit of size and experience, but he is anxious to see what his offensive line will do. 
Cervetto said that testing our mettle against strong opposition in pre-season play will aid the Lions when we enter district games.
 

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