Lions smother Eagles for fourth shutout win

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JUNCTION – Making it four in a row, the Ozona Lions got another shutout, 61-0, over Junction Friday night.

The Lions defense held the Eagles to a negative 13 yards.

Sophomore Lane Smith had an interception that he returned for a 50-yard touchdown, and Jesse Vega had a 55-yard interception scoring run.

Jaden Fay and Zachary Talamantez also intercepted the ball.

The Lions sacked the Eagles’ Quarterback five teams. Sacks were by Lazaro Rodriguez, Austin Damian, Aiden Fuentes, Emmanuel Venegas and Fay.

Jose Dominguez and Lazaro Rodriguez led the team with nine tackles each. Carlos Cantu had seven and Vega and Venegas had five each.

Special teams players also saw action with Dominguez scoring on a 65-yard punt return.

“It was another great game for the boys this week. The defense played outstanding. Special teams was also strong and had great kickoff coverage all night,” said Athletic Director and Head Coach Kyle Freeman. “Offensively, we played on a short field all night and a lot of players received the opportunity to play and run the ball.”

Quarterback Alec Lara started off the game with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Talamantez.

Abraham Rodriguez and Lazaro Rodriguez each scored two touchdowns in the first half, and Damian scored in the third quarter.

“We currently have outscored our opponents 243-38 and have scored over 60 points in three of our first five games, so we are very pleased at what we have going on both sides of the ball,” Freeman said. “We got better last night and are preparing to start district play after hosting Crane this week.”

Crane is ranked number 10 in the state in Class 3A and is undefeated so far this season.

The Golden Cranes are averaging 55.5 points per game this season, with the closest game so far being a 48-25 win over Kermit two weeks ago. Friday night Crane defeated Stanton 56-7.

Crane’s sophomore quarterback Jaxon Willis has passed for 1,497 yards and 12 touchdowns, with one interception. The Golden Cranes also have three wide receivers, Brandon Cerna, Nate Suttle and Major Martin, with 200 yards or more receiving.

Crane is coached by Jeff Cordell, who previously coached the Sonora Broncos.

“Crane is state-ranked and will be an excellent test for the Lions,” Freeman said.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lion Stadium.



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