It was a crisp, clear night in Marysville on August 31. The Lions and the Indians squared off in a non-league game at War Memorial Stadium under the light of a rare blue moon. The Lions found a great way to mark the occasion: a 22-8 win to take them 2-0 on the season.
All parts of the Live Oak team played at a high level. The Lions offense, led by Cody Herbert and Romario Acosta, scored touchdowns in each half along with scoring two 2-point conversions. On the defensive side, fumble recoveries and interceptions gave the Lions a big boost. The defense was so good that Marysville didn’t even score until the 4th quarter.
So, let’s break it down. Romario Acosta returned to his quarterback position after sitting out last game due to injury. In the first half, he looked as good as new as he threw a touchdown pass to Cody Herbert. These two players would end up putting on a show by the end of the night.
Last week, the Lions failed on all of their 2-point conversions. This week was a different story. Aaron Pamma followed up the touchdown with the Lions’ first successful 2-point conversion of the regular season.
On the defensive side, the Lions forced two fumbles that were recovered by Kirk Thoa and Christian Magana. The fumbles helped the Lions go into halftime with an 8-0 lead.
In the second half, the Lions showed the Indian fans what they could do. Romario Acosta hooked up with Cody Herbert two more times for a total of three touchdowns on the night for each. I asked Cody about his breakout performance. “Our linemen were awesome. I just ran to the side when coach asked me to. It feels good to score touchdowns. But, as long as we win, I don’t care who scores.” His offensive clinic didn’t go un-noticed by Lions coach Dan Johnson. “Cody did a great job. He ran hard and the strong line made it possible for him to do well tonight” said Johnson.
Tyler Raymond also did his part and completed a 2-point conversion for the Lions after one of the touchdowns.
The defense for the Lions held up. Andrew Lopez got himself an interception and the Lions held the Indians to three scoreless quarters. While the Indians made a small comeback, including a touchdown and a safety, it wasn’t enough to beat the Lions. I asked Johnson about the win and the momentum, considering the Lions have started their season with two road victories. “We always have a lot of work, but I’m proud of my team. We made fewer errors tonight” said Johnson. “The wins just build confidence. The more success you have, the fewer mistakes you make.”
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