The Hamburg Lions brought home a road win and their first conference win last weekend.
The Lions traveled to Monticello on Friday to face the Billies.
The Lions scored on their opening drive after Nick McNeil ran the ball 47 yards on the second play of the game. McNeil’s run moved the Lions to the Billie 36 yard line. Three plays later quarterback Brett Rice ran the ball 12 yards in the endzone. Jesus Aguilar’s extra point kick was good and the Lions led 7-0 with 9:19 to play in the first quarter.
The Billies answered with a touchdown and PAT to tie the game 7 all.
They kicked back off to the Lions, but this time held them to a punt.
Aguilar punted the ball 33 yards to the Billlies' 30 yard line and Monticello started a second drive as the clock rolled into the second quarter.
The Billies made it all the way to the Lion 22 yard line, but the Lions were able to stop them on fourth and 15 to take the ball back. Dalton Gill and Dalton Howard tackled the Billie quarterback on the 27 yard line as he was attempting to run the ball.
The offense took the field, but the Billies held them to four and out.
Aguilar punted 49 yards and the Billies started their drive on their own 16 yard line.
The Lion defense held the Billies forcing them to punt after six plays bringing the Lion offense back on the field.
The Lions started their drive midfield, but on the first play, McNeil caught a 20 yard pass and fumbled it giving the ball back to the Billies. The defender who recovered it, ran the ball from the 25 yard line to the 41 yard line before he was stopped by Nic Bridges.
The Hamburg defense stayed strong and fought the Billies off until the half time buzzer sounded. The score was tied 7 all when the players hit the locker room for the break.
In the third quarter, the Lions kicked off to Monticello, but they fumbled on the return allowing Bruin Barnes to grab the ball for Hamburg on the nine yard line.
The Lion offense took the field first and goal and two plays later, Rice was back in the endzone for Hamburg.
Aguilar’s extra point kick was good and the Lions led 14-7 with 11:26 to play in the third.
The Hamburg defense didn’t allow Monticello to score again for the rest of the night.
Hamburg scored again just before the third quarter ended. Rice completed a 57 yard pass to Bridges for the touchdown. Aguilar’s extra point attempt was no good, but the Lions still led by 13 points.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter making the final 20-7 and giving the Lions their first conference victory.
The Lions are now 1-1 in conference play and 3-2 for the season.
The Lions will host the Star City Bulldogs on Friday night at Campbell Field at 7pm.