After three straight losses to some great teams, the Dublin Lions finally got back on the winning road as they came out on top against Grape Creek on the road 46-35.
“It was really good,” said Dublin head coach Bob Cervetto. “The kids had a good week of practice and prepared well. It’s always great to play as close to the full 48 minutes of the ball game and you can say that they kids did that and that’s always a good thing. It really turned out good for us. The kids played hard and there were several times Friday when we could have folded our cards, but the kids answered.”
The Lions got off to a quick start in the contest as defensive lineman Cade Hill blew up the offensive line and sacked the quarterback before causing a fumble and rumbling his way to the end zone to give Dublin an early lead.
However, Grape Creek didn’t get down on themselves. They were a common nuisance Friday as they refused to let the Lions run away with the game. They found themselves down 40-21 in the third quarter, and even drew within five points of the Lions at one time, but Dublin ultimately held on to improve their record to 2-3 in non-district play.
“We kept our heads up and we didn’t get rattled,” said Cervetto about his team. “We had a good lead at half and they came back and got within five points of us and we kept at it and that was a big thing for us. I think our tough non-district schedule came up big for us and prepared us for this. We worried about what we were doing and not what the other team was. It was good to come up with a win.”
The Lions, like so many other teams, are off this upcoming week before opening up district play on October 9 at home against Bruceville-Eddy.
“We’re going to spend this week really working on us and we’ll trade film with them in the middle of the week and we’ll worry about them when we see what they can do,” said Cervetto. “We’re going to continue to work hard and getting better. Their coach has a good team and they’ve improved since last year, but we’ll be ready for them.”