Lions clench 56-7 victory over Langston

Junior running back Lamonte Thompson runs the ball through defense near the 5-yard line. With a total 119-yard gain, Thompson was the lead running back in the game versus Langston.​

by Staff Writer Matt Suleski

After a slow opening quarter, the Lions exploded in the second quarter for 28 points en route to a 56-7 victory over Langston University Sept. 20.

UNA (2-0) dominated both sides of the ball for the second week in a row. The Lions out gained Langston with 514 total yards to 243.

“We were a little erratic at first and that’s my fault,” said head coach Bobby Wallace. “But we settled down and got a lot of guys some action tonight and happy about the win.”

The Lions were led by junior running back Lamonte Thompson, who had 119 yards on only 10 carries with one touchdown.

“Lamonte is a great back, and we have a lot of great backs,” said offensive coordinator Cody Gross. “He is capable of making big plays any time he touches the ball.”

Starting Quarterback Luke Wingo got into the mix with 164 total yards of offense. Wingo was 11-15 with 110 yards and two touchdowns while also carrying the ball 10 times for 54 yards and another score.

“I love to play out here and it’s a good feeling to come out put on a good performance,” Wingo said.

Backup quarterback Jacob Tucker also had a solid outing with 133 total yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Hagan Scott in the second quarter.

UNA’s 15 touchdowns this season has been scored by 12 different players.

The opportunistic Lion’s defense forced Langston into six turnovers, five of them interceptions.

“We would have like to have gotten a shutout,” said defensive coordinator Chris Willis. “But as a coach, you’re very satisfied when your unit creates six turnovers.”

The Lions now turn their attention to longtime conference rival Valdosta State.

“The visiting team has gotten the upper hand the last six or seven meetings,” Wallace said. “We need to reverse that trend this weekend when they come to our place.”

The Lions will host Valdosta State Sept. 27 at Braly Municipal Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m.