The Lee Volunteers thought for sure that this would be the game that they would wake up out of a 4 game losing streak. For three quarters on Friday, the Vols defense looked unstoppable, getting stop after stop when it mattered.
In the end, just like the San Antonio Talons this past season, the offense struggled, forcing the defense to get the job done. And in the end, they couldn’t get the job done.
Demetrius Brock rushed for 251 yards on 30 carries and scored a touchdown and Steven Cardone kicked a 20 yard field goal with 2:33 left as the previously 1-7 MacArthur Brahmas ruined the Lee Volunteers homecoming game with a shocking 13-10 victory at Heroes Stadium on Friday night.
The loss all but eliminates the Volunteers (3-5) from playoff contention, and was their fourth loss in a row after a 3-1 start.
“It’s heartbreaking when you lose, it’s more heartbreaking when you play so well and still come up short” Adrian Sanchez Barbosa, who had two interceptions in the game, said.
The Volunteers rocked their throwback uniforms for their homecoming game and then their defense rocked the Brahmas, stopping Mac on their first two possessions, which led to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first quarter.
The Volunteers got on the board first when quarterback Jack Friedland (11-29 105 yards 0 tds 0 ints) ran for a 3 yard touchdown to put the Vols up 7-0.
The lead did not last long Demetrius Brock scored from one yard out to tie the game at 7-7.
Barbosa then got the first of his two interceptions late in the first half to set up a 36 yard field goal by Nick Lopez to put the Volunteers up 10-7 at halftime.
The defense, which had given up 51.6 points over a 3 game stretch, was looking good, as were the Vols.But after forcing a three and out, coach Danny Klosa decided to make a change that will talked about for a while.
He pulled Jack Friedland, who had been playing well, and put in Freedom Salas, the standout quarterback who had been sidelined with a concussion the last two games. He was sacked all 3 plays on his first drive and the Vols went 3 and out.
The 2nd interception of the game for Sanchez Barbosa set up the Vols with a 10-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. After forcing a three and out, the Vols looked to finally end their three-game losing streak.
Anthony Green went Marshawn Lynch, breaking 7 tackles for a 40 yard gain on the 5th play of the drive to set the Vols up in field goal range, but the Vols were eventually knocked out of field goal range, and their punt was blocked.
This led to MacArthur tying the game at 10-10 after a Cardone 36 yard field goal. After the Vols went 3 and out, the defense was asked to make a stop, as they had done all night. But on the very first play, Brock picked up 48 yards, and the Brahmas took a 13-10 lead after Cardones 20 yard field goal with 2:33 left.
With their season on the line, the Vols tried to send it to overtime, but on 4th down and 8, Friedlands pass fell incomplete, sealing the Lee Volunteers 4th loss in a row.
It doesn’t get any easier from here. Lee visits the 6-2 Johnson Jaguars next week, then hosts rival Churchill on November 7th for “Thursday Night Light.”