Lions end season with loss to Newton

In Area Play-off game...

VARSITY LION RUNNINGBACK WILL GRAHAM heads for the end-zone for a first quarter touchdown against the Newton Eagles last Friday afternoon during Area Play-off competition at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Graham scored the touchdown on a 15 yard pass from Lion quarterback Austin Skinner shown raising his arms in celebration in the background. The Newton ground game proved to be too much for the Lions as the undefeated and state ranked Eagles rolled to a 68-17 win over the Lions.

The Teague Lions ended their great season last Friday afternoon with a 68-17 loss to the #3 Newton Eagles at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches, Texas.

"I?m extremely proud of what our team accomplished. Our goal was to win a playoff game and start a tradition, and that's exactly what we did," stated THS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Daniel Johnson.

The Lions jumped out and grabbed the momentum early as they had a sack from the first play of scrimmage and a forced fumble gave the Lions field position early in the ball game before Kelton Henderson booted a 30-yard field goal to give Teague the early 3-0 lead.

Newton's defense was by far the best the Lion offense has seen all year as they attacked from all angles of the field. When you attack like they do, with the speed they have, it makes it tough on anyone to move the ball as Skinner never had time all day to get rid of the football. That's all credit to the Eagle defense.

Newton responded with a long touchdown run before Austin Skinner hit Aaron Mitchell who juked and eluded two Eagle defenders before being brought down at the 14 yard line. After that Will Graham took a screen pass in for a touchdown on third down and gave the Lions the lead back at 9-7 halfway through the first quarter. Henderson booted the extra-point and the Lions led 10-7 in the first quarter.

Lion running back Daryl Brooks was a game-time decision due to an injury, but showed a lot of heart and reeled off a long run and would of scored easily if he had not been injured a few weeks back. Brooks landed awkward after the tackle and did not return.

It was all Newton after that, reeling off 42 unanswered points, going into halftime with a 49-10 lead.

Teague fought hard the whole second half and is a testament to the character and fight Coach Johnson has brought to Teague.

LION WIDE RECEIVER AARON MITCHELL churns for extra yardage as a Newton Eagle defender tries to drag him down during Area Play-off action Friday, November 23rd at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Mitchell had four receptions for 60 yards as the Newton defense limited the high powered Lion offense to just 202 yards of total offense. The Lions averaged 435 yards per game this season under the direction of first year Head Coach Daniel V. Johnson and his staff. Both Mitchell and quarterback Austin Skinner set school records this year as Mitchell had 81 receptions for 1,395 yards and 24 touchdowns while Skinner completed 233 passes out of 412 attempts for 3,497 yards and 48 touchdowns. Both Skinner and Mitchell are sophomores and will be coming back next season along with a number of other varsity players.

The Lions' last touchdown came on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Skinner to Evan Goodwin on a nice post-route where Skinner threaded the needle and put it only where Goodwin could make the catch and did so for their final score of the game. Henderson again booted the extra-point and the Lions still trailed 62-17.

Newton added one more score before running the clock out to bring the final score to 68-17. The Eagles haven't given up more than 17 points in a ball game all year.

Skinner completed 11 of 22 passes for 124 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Graham and John Love provided the ground game along with Brooks who just carried the ball 2 times.

Mitchell led the receiving corps again, hauling in 4 passes for 59 yards. Goodwin, Graham, Will Van Winkle, and Hunt contributed to the passing game.

"I feel that we will get better and better every year. Three of the four teams that beat us this year have been in their program for 5 plus years, so if we can commit to what we have going, both coaches and players, there is no telling how good we can get,? said Coach Johnson. ?But it won't be easy, being good never is, we must commit to the program, both at home, and at school. I want to thank the seniors this year, they paved a road that every one of us must walk down, I wish all of them the best of luck!"

Look for the Lions to make some noise for a while to come and don't forget to come support them throughout the fall next year.

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