The Lions came out fired up last Saturday when they played The George School Cougars in a non-league game to open the season. After a year of nothing but losses, it was amazing to see a team that struggled so much a season ago look so dominant.
The Lions' field was packed, every bleacher spot was taken, the band was playing loudly, and the cheerleaders were getting the crowd amped up. Overall the atmosphere couldn’t have been better for Lower Moreland, and it was a great time for its first win in over a year in a 33-6 victory.
It all started with a tremendous opening kickoff by Lower Moreland’s Jordan Pocrass, who kept George school pinned back in their own territory with a touchback. That kick set the tempo for the Lions opening defensive drive and forced a Cougars punt. After that, it was all Lower Moreland for the rest of the quarter.
After forcing a punt which resulted in the Lions ball in Cougars territory, it only took three plays for Junior Ryan Killion to score his first touchdown of the season. With 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter the Lions were still looking for more.
Lower Moreland got the ball back with 3:30 left in the first quarter after another punt from George school, giving the Lions the ball on the Cougars own 46 yard line. Senior Lance Gifford ran on a Quarterback keeper for 20 yards which eventually set up another Killion touchdown. The Lions led 14-0 after the first quarter.
The Lions failed to score in the second quarter, but managed to keep George School out of the end zone as well. By halftime, the Lions outgained George school in total yards 167-30.
The Lions came out hot to start to the second half with junior Joseph Leventhal connecting for a 43-yard touchdown, and soon after Senior Max Sandberg broke an 80 yard touchdown. Also, Freshman Kameron Kittrels even got in the action scoring from four yards out.
That was all the Lion’s needed to win comfortably 33-6. Defensively the Lions were all over the field making play after play. Senior George Zisis lead the charge with 1.5 sacks, followed by Dyan Kanter and Dennis Clair with one apiece, and Anthony Morales and Joseph Leventhal each with a half.
Senior Captain Michael Faust played a great game, and was asked how it felt to win, and what his thoughts are for next week’s away game vs. Pennington
“It felt amazing. From the players to the coaches, we've all worked so hard for it, and it just felt great to finally see all that hard work pay off. Pennington is going to be a real test. As long as we work hard and push through practices I think we'll be okay. I can tell you we're all definitely really excited to get back out there and win again, that's a fact.”
All around it was a stellar performance for the Lions and now the bar is set. The Lions are back and winning, and with much determination they expect nothing short of success. The Lions will be playing away vs. Pennington on Saturday the 15th at 1:30. This game will measure the team, both physically and mentally, and show if the Lions are truly back to winning.
BOX SCORE1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total GEORGE SCHOOL (0-1) 0 0 0 6 6 LOWER MORELAND (1-0) 14 0 12 7 33
LM – Killion 24 run (Procrass kick)
LM – Killion 11 run (Procrass kick)
LM – Leventhal 43 run (kick missed)
LM – Sandberg 80 run (kick missed)
LM – Kittrels 4 run (Procrass kick)
GS – Smith 23 run (kick missed)
First downs: 14
Rushing yards: 347
Passing yards: 4
Total yards: 351
Passing: Gifford 1-3 with 4yds.
Rushing: Gifford: 9-68 Killion: 7-67 2TD. Leventhal: 8-82 1TD. Zhang: 7-28. Sandberg: 3-83 TD. J.Chung: 2-1. Burke: 3-11. Kittrels: 3-7 1TD. Giordano: 1-(-1)
Receiving: Sandberg 1-4
Sacks: Zisis: 1.5 Kanter: 1 Clair: 1 Morales: .5 Leventhal: .5