The Trinity Bible College Lions football team traveled just 40 miles south on highway 281 Saturday, November 3rd to face rival Presentation College Saints. The rivalry if you want to call it that is only a year old as Presentation College recently added football to its Athletic Department in 2011 and the two teams squared off in the Saints first ever college football game in school history. That game saw the Lions come out on top 39 to 13. The Lions were looking to get back on the winning track as they headed into the game 3-6 on the season and the Saints were 1-8.
The Lions kicked off to the Saints to open the game with a 51 yard kick from Christian Troxler (West Memphis, AR) to the Saints 14 who returned it all the way to the 48 yard line. The Saints then used 5 plays, going 52 yards to score on a 19 yard touchdown run taking an early 7 to 0 lead after only 2 minutes. The first possession for the Lions saw a snap go over the head of the quarterback and one go over the punter’s head giving the Saints the ball back on TBC’s 5 yard line after only 4 plays. The Saints then scored 2 plays later on a 3 yard run taking a 14 to 0 lead. The Lions woes continued on their next drive as they would give up a safety to the Saints while trying to punt. The Saints would add a 21 yard field goal after a 13 play, 61 yard drive. The Saints held a 19 to 0 lead after the first quarter.
The Saints added a touchdown on a 13 yard pass and catch just seconds in to the second quarter pushing their lead to 26 to 0. The Lions offense struggled in the second quarter to find a rhythm and the Saints would add a 29 yard field goal, 3 more touchdowns and another safety. The Saints lead at halftime was 50 to 0.
The third quarter saw both teams offenses struggle as the defenses tightened. Both teams would trade punts and fumbles. The Saints would hold the 50 to 0 lead after the third. The Lions would find the endzone early in the fourth quarter. Following a 10 play 71 yard drive that took over 4 minutes off the clock, Johnny Perry (Fort Worth, TX) scored on a 3 yard touchdown run. The Lions would strike again this time on a 1 yard touchdown run by Victor Smith (Rialto, CA), which capped a 12 play 82 yard drive. The Saints lead was cut to 50 to 12 with over 5 minutes to play. The Lions scored one final time in the game after another long drive. The Lions drove 71 yards using 7 plays, finished off by a 3 yard touchdown run by Johnny Perry. The Saints held on to win 50 to 18 over the Lions.
In the loss the Johnny Perry rushed 24 times for 143 yards. The Lions defense was led by Daniel Rodriguez who had 7 total tackles and Seth Petersen added 7 tackles as well. The Lions were held to 169 yards of total offense on 76 plays. Turnovers and miscues proved to be costly for the Lions as they fumbled the ball 8 times and lost 5 of them. The Lions held Presentation College to 239 yards of total offense on 56 plays.
The loss drops the Lions to 3-7 on the season with one game to play. The Lions finish their season Saturday, November 10th at Haskell Indian Nations University at 1pm.