Mount Ida opens 2015 season with trio of wins

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    Nathan Stonewall (11) snatches an interception out of the air at the close of the seventh grade game.
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    Tyler Hamilton (33) shakes off a tackle Thursday night as the Junior Lions roll to a 50-6 victory over Two Rivers.
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    Tyler Wingfield knocks the ball loose as he sacks Magazine’s quarterback Friday night. Caleb Jones scooped up the fumble and went the distance for the first Lion score of the night. Photos by Dewayne Holloway

    Football is in full swing in Mount Ida with all three Lions’ teams walking away with big victories opening week.
    The seventh grade, junior high and senior high Lions combined for 128 points this week, while only allowing 12 by their opponents.
    The seventh grade Lions and Junior Lions traveled to Ola Thursday for a pair of matchups with the Two Rivers Gators. The seventh grade Lions walked away from Thursday night’s matchup with the only shutout of the week thanks to a 22-0 final.
    The Junior Lions made the most of their opportunities, scoring offensively, defensively and on special teams in a 50-6 rout over the Junior Gators.
    Friday night the Mount Ida Lions did their best to make the Magazine Rattlers’ trip to Montgomery County a memorable one, with the Lions crushing the Rattlers 56-6.
    The seventh grade Lions rushed for 225 yards in 36 carries for three touchdowns and two 2 point conversions while holding the Gators to negative 12 yards on 18 carries. Mount Ida also pulled down an interception to end the game. The Lion defense recorded four sacks in the opening win.
    The Junior Lions scored on the ground, in the air, on kick off returns and on defense as they racked up 50 points in their win over Two Rivers. The dominating offense of Mount Ida only needed 17 plays and 233 yards to run up four touchdowns and six 2 point conversions. Cade Jackson was one for one in the air with a 51 yard pass to Jathan Dillon for a touchdown. The other two touchdowns came on kickoff returns by Cade Jackson and Jorge Lopez. Lopez and Gage Dyer combined for a sack to round out the scoring in the win.
    The senior Lions scored eight times, six on offense and twice on defense. The Lions split the offense with three scores coming on the ground and three through the air. Defensively they scored on a scoop and score and an interception.
    The Junior Lions have games against Danville and at Magazine this week, while the seventh graders will travel to Magazine. The senior high Lions will travel to Danville Friday to face the Little Johns.
    For full recaps of this week’s games see page 8 and page 9 of the Montgomery County News.