The Junior Lions wrapped up the 2015 season as the 7-2A Junior Conference Champions with a 40-0 victory over the Gurdon Junior Go Devils.
Gurdon was unable to earn a first down in the first half due to the stifling Junior Lion defense. Mount Ida held the Junior Go Devils to nine yards in the first half before turning the game over to the second team.
Gurdon opened the game with the ball on their own 36 yard line. Mount Ida pushed them back to the 31, forcing a punt.
Mount Ida started their first drive on their own 48 yard line. Jonathan Lagrange took the hand off and raced 52 yards for the score on the first play from scrimmage. Hunter Davis scored on the two point conversion to give the Lions an 8-0 lead.
The Junior Go Devils moved the ball four yards before punting on their next series.
Mount Ida started on their own 27 yard line. Gage Dyer moved the chains on a 28 yard run and Cade Jackson finished the job with a 45 yard run for a score. Gyer took the ball in for the extra points to give Mount Ida a 16-0 lead.
Gurdon found themselves in another fourth and long situation when their punter was flushed out of the back field. He was two yards from a first down when a host of Lions tackled him on the 45 yard line.
Mount Ida launched the a six play drive from the Gurdon 45 yard line. It ended with a six yard touchdown run by Dyer. Jathan Dillon caught a pass in the end zone for the two point conversion.
Mount Ida entered the second quarter with a 24-0 lead. Gurdon had the ball as the teams swapped ends of the field, but was forced to punt on fourth and 11 from their own 25. The kick was high, giving Dyer time to get under it on the Go Devil 45 yard line. He took the kick and raced down the sideline for the score. Luke Fiorello pushed his way in for the two point conversion.
The final score of the night came on a 36 yard run by Legrange. Tyler Hamilton scored on the two point conversion to account for the final points of the night.
Coach Mike White turned to the second team in the second half as the clock ran according to the sportsmanship rule. Mount Ida’s linemen got a chance to take turns carrying the ball on the last series.
The Junior Lions end the 2015 season with a 9-1 record and 7-0 in conference play. They repeat as conference champions.
The ninth grade class ends their junior high careers as two time 7-2A Conference Champions and undefeated in conference play.
The were also undefeated 5-2A Conference Champions in seventh grade.