The Lions got things started on the opening kickoff, as Ronnie Rivers returned it for a touchdown, but a penalty on the Lions put the ball on the 5-yard line. Baylei Coston ran it in from there to put the Lions ahead 6-0. Abel Ordaz ran in the extra point to make it 7-0.
On West County’s first possession, defensive tackle Branden Macahilig pressured the Spartans quarterback and Michael Tapia intercepted the ball, returning it to the 10-yard-line.
From there, Ordaz connected with Coston on a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Lions up 13-0. On the ensuing kickoff, the Lions stripped the ball from the Spartans’ return man and recovered the fumble.
Rivers scored from 46 yards out and the rout was on. Rivers also ran for a 59-yard touchdown and flashed a 70-yard punt return for another score. Defensively, the Lions blew up everything the Spartans tried to do. The defensive line, led by Devin Walden, Richie Kabasinskas, Michael Puckett and Macahilig blew through the Spartans line and made play after play.
The Lions now take on the No. 1 seeded Clayton Valley Eagles for the conference championship on Saturday.
– Contributed by Ingrid Gregerson