By DAVID HUNTER
After a tough blowout loss last week at York, in which the CCHS football team dealt with several issues both on and off the field, it was hoping to put it behind them on Sept. 23 at Upperman. The Lions fought hard but they were stung 20-7 by the Bees to drop to 2-4 this season.
Coming into the game, CCHS was without four key players, because of injury or suspension from last week's 49-0 loss to the Dragons. Junior Dalton Morris and sophomore Reece Smith missed the Bees game because of injury, while seniors Anton Knox and Jon Micah Davis were suspended.
The injury bug continued for the Lions Friday night as senior running back Jaydon Coon was injured late and did not return.
"We had a lot of guys out, and a lot of guys injured," CCHS head coach T. J. Daniel said. "We had some new guys step up and had to play. We played well, but we did not come out where we wanted to. We had some mental mistakes, and we got to fix it."
As for the game itself, the Bees got on the board first when Dylon Cushing rumbled 19 yards with several Lions defenders on his back to give them a 7-0 lead with 6:31 left in the first half.
On CCHS next offensive possession, it ran into some back luck as senior quarterback Josh Walkup lost control of the ball trying to throw downfield, and Bees scooped it up and took it 27 yards for the score to make it 14-0 with 4:00 remaining in the opening half.
For the second week in a row, the Lions were the visitor for their opponents Homecoming.
After a long halftime break, CCHS got a break when senior linebacker Jake Walkup jumped the route and picked off the Bees quarterback at the Upperman 36 with 6:15 left in the third quarter.
On the very next play, Josh Walkup found his favorite deep target senior Qwentin McMackins, who beat a couple of Bee defenders for their fourth touchdown hookup of the season. This time it was from 36 yards out with 6:03 left in the third stanza to make the score 14-7.
Late in the third quarter, Josh Walkup got hurt playing defense, but he came back to play quarterback. However, it was too late, because on the very next play, the Lions defense got stung when Cole Pierce took the ball from the Wild Bee formation and raced 19 yards to seal the win for the Bees to make the score 20-7 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.
In the waning minutes, the Lions hoped to crawl back into the game, but during the offensive possession, Coon got hurt and was done, and a couple of plays later Josh Walkup was picked off by the Bees with 1:55 remaining in the game to end their chances of coming back.
The Lions host Smith County on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. for Homecoming at Fred Schwartz Field.