For one final time this year, the Lee Volunteers took the football field; hoping to end a 5 game losing streak.
Although they fell short once again, they fought hard with everything they had; showing that there is truly nothing stronger then the heart of a Volunteer.
Churchill quarterback Nate Pearson was 10-13 for 195 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception, and the Chargers ran for 156 yards rushing as the Churchill Chargers defeated their rival 31-18 on CW35s “Thursday Night Lights” at Heroes Stadium.
The Chargers now lead the series 35-11-2 and handed the Vols(3-7) their 6th straight loss to end the season.
In an up and down season, the Vols used three different quarterbacks, starting Freedom Salas against the Chargers.
After giving up a 24 yard touchdown to Dimitri Flowers on 4th down, the Vols punted and then stopped the Chargers on 4th and goal at the 1 yard line.
But as the Vols were lining up to punt, they did a fake punt, and it failed miserably as Flowers picked it off and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown to put the Chargers up 14-0.
It was 14-3 Chargers after the first quarter after a Nick Lopez 25-yard field goal and an Adrian-Sanchez Barbosa interception.
The defenses stepped up for both sides in the second frame as the Chargers forced and recovered a fumble, and then Lee returned the favor.
Salas; who was 12-20 for 140 yards, led the Vols down the field for a 31-yard field goal to cut the Chargers lead to 14-6 at halftime.
But throughout this entire season, there was always something waiting to go wrong. On the opening drive of the second half, Salas injured his foot and was replaced by Nick Lugo(9-20 95 yards 1 touchdown). The Vols went 3 and out, and the Chargers took advantage with a 4 yard Nick Smisek touchdown to put Churchill up 21-6. A 1 yard Nick Lugo touchdown run 3 minutes later made it 21-12 after the 2 point try was no good. Anthoer Smisek touchdown made it 28-12 Chargers entering the fourth quarter. The Vols cut it to 28-18 after Lugo found Chris Adams for an 8 yard touchdown, with the 2 point try no good. Despite the Volunteers hard effort, the Chargers held on to win after a 23 yard field goal by Jarren Gonzaba made it 31-18, and the Vols failed convert on 4th and 11, thus ending the ball game. The Lee Volunteers started 3-1, their first 3-1 start since 1980, but they lost out and missed the playoffs, giving up 43.6 points in the six games. They will also be asking what if? The Vols had plenty of ugly and embarrassing losses. At 2-0, they were riding high until a 31-7 loss to Southwest, in which they allowed 255 yards on the ground. 2 weeks later, they were 3-1, still riding high playing against Roosevelt. But on the opening kickoff, they allowed a 92 yard touchdown, and in the blink of an eye, they were down 38-0 at halftime, on their way to a 45-14 loss to a team that is about to finish 3-7. They were humbled 58-7 by the Reagan Rattlers; which isnt that bad considering Reagan is a powerhouse. They lost 52-7 to Madison coming off a bye week, they allowed 63 points to the Jaguars; and in the Homecoming game, the Volunteers lost to the lowly MacArthur Brahmas 13-10. The Volunteers want to thank everyone who showed their support all season long, win or lose, their is nothing stronger then the heart of a Volunteer. The Vols will be back in action in 2014.