Lions run away from Eagles

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The Gull Lake Lions moved to 2-1 in league play with a convincing 59-22 win over the visiting Elrose Eagles in six-man football action Thursday.

The Lions scored early and often as they jumped out to a 40-0 lead, including touchdown runs from Jake Anderson on their first two drives at Gerry Elmslie Field.

The Eagles fought back with three second-half touchdowns, but the Lions answered back with a major of their own each time.

Anderson led the offense with three rushing touchdowns, while quarterback Dustin Cooke ran into the end zone twice.

Jared Down and Ryan Evans also scampered into the end zone, while Dillon Mueller had a touchdown reception, and Shane Mackay took a kickoff all the way back to the house for the Lions.

Elrose quarterback Jon Copeland ran for two touchdowns, while Tanner McConnell also ran for a major.

“We played Elrose a couple of weeks ago, so we wanted to evaluate a lot of our talent today,” said eighth-year Lions head coach Neal Boutin. “So we had a lot of different guys playing today and I thought we did pretty well. Guys that don’t get a lot of experience on the field showed us that they have what it takes to play some football.”

Last year they taught us how to play six-man football Neal Boutin

The win moved the Lions to 2-1 in league play after a season opening 38-37 win over the Loreburn/Kenaston Aztecs and a 53-14 loss to the LCBI Bisons.

The Lions will face a major test next week when they host Central Butte on Thursday.

“Last year they taught us how to play six-man football. They were running and gunning, throwing the ball all over the place. They had misdirection plays and really took it to us. This year we are hoping that we have learnt from last year and will play a much tougher game, especially through the air, they are tough through the air,” said Boutin.

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