Lions struggle in road loss at York
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RONNY BURKS photo Cannon County tailback Hawk Love, 4, runs away from a pack of York defenders. Love led the Lions with 47 yards rushing in their 51-7 setback.

JAMESTOWN - Cannon County was hoping to end its long losing streak and pull even in the District 8-AA standings when it traveled to York.

The Lions accomplished neither task, falling 51-7 to see their losing streak swell to 15 games. Cannon County will try to end the skid when it returns home to face Cascade Friday. Kickoff at Schwartz Field is 7 p.m.

The Lions avoided their third straight shutout when quarterback Cody Petro completed a 23-yard scoring strike to Jarrett Melton late in the fourth quarter.

Cannon County (0-5, 0-2) enjoyed much more offensive success in the second half and is hoping to carry some of that momentum into the second half of the season.

It was the final play of the game; however, that can sum up Cannon County’s season to date.

In an effort to run one more play Cannon County declined a penalty at the end of the game. York turned in an interception into a touchdown on the final play to add insult to injury.

It was the fifth turnover of the game. York scored 27 of its 51 points off of Cannon County turnovers.

“We keep hurtling ourselves with turnovers and mistakes that are correctable, but we are not getting

them corrected,”said Cannon County offensive coordinator T.J. Daniel.

Hawk Love led the Lions with 47 yards on eight carries. That total was a season high, as was a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter.

B.J. Daniel, Ryan McLaurine, Jonathan Smith, Ethan Smith, Dillion Jackson and Dalton Ryan had strong defensive games. Ryan had a fumble recovery. The Lions forced two turnovers but the problem for the defense is its players are on the field too long because of the offense’s inability to sustain drives.

Senior Justin Tobin continued his outstanding punting. Tobin averaged 43 yards, including a booming 58- yarder.


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