Football: Lions crush Shorter at homecoming

Lions players run onto the field during pregame ceremonies Oct. 15 in the homecoming game vs. Shorter. The Lions trounced the Hawks, 45-0.

The UNA football team shut out Shorter for its homecoming game Oct.15 in Braly Stadium en route to a 45-0 victory.

The Lions (4-1, 4-0 Gulf South Conference) are currently the only team that is undefeated in conference play, while Shorter (0-7, 0-4 GSC) remains winless.

“The players stayed focused, and I think they came out and executed,” said UNA head coach Bobby Wallace. “I think they did a great job tonight.”

The Lions started off with a dominant first quarter, taking an early 17-0 lead. Senior Kevin Henke started the scoring off with a field goal to put UNA up 3-0. A touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jacob Tucker to junior wide receiver Julius Jones made the score 10-0.

The Lions also added a three-yard touchdown pass to senior Jay Ramson. Henke’s extra point put UNA up 17-0 to end the quarter.

Tucker started off the second quarter with a six-yard run. A 15-yard pass from freshman quarterback Blake Hawkins to Jones made the score 31-0 at the half.

Sophomore Damon Cox added another touchdown with a 19-yard run to extend the lead to 38-0.

Senior Philbert Martial was able to put the game away with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown to end the scoring at 45-0.

“I’ve actually been waiting to (run a punt back for a touchdown) all year,” Martial said. “Coach was actually going to take me out on the last one, but I was like ‘No I’ve got to get one’ He put me in, and I’m glad because I was able to take it to the house.”

The Lions will take a break from conference play to face Super Region 2 opponent and future GSC member North Greenville in Braly Stadium Oct.22.