The Olney Cubs tame the Roby Lions
The Cubs broke a 22-game losing streak at the first game of the season against the Roby Lions on Friday, August 31, at Cub Stadium. The stadium was packed with Cubs fans showing their support and they were not disappointed. The Lions won the coin toss and received the kick-off.
In the first quarter, the Lions started with the ball and were held at bay by the Cubs defense including some impressive stops by Hector Hernandez, Lance Gray, and Oscar Flores.
The offense moved the ball down the field at a good pace with notable runs by Parker Mayers, Cesar Flores and Andrew Tellez. Cesar Flores, on the keep, ran in for a touchdown, no extra point. Lions also got a touchdown in the first quarter with no extra point. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-6.
In the second quarter, the Cubs started with control of the ball. Julius Mullins gained 35 yards, Parker Mayers moved the ball further and Julius Mullins took it in for a touchdown. Julius Mullins got a two-point conversion. The Cubs defense kept the Lions in place when Noah Molina and Antonio Tellez got in a nice tackle. Parker Mayers got a touchdown on a 65-yard carry and the extra point was good, ending the second quarter with a score of 21-6.
The third quarter started with Tanner Hudson on the kick return. Parker Mayers moved the ball down the field with help from the offensive line, and Cesar Flores took it in for another Cubs touchdown. The kick was good for the extra point. Defense took over with tackles by Jr. Acuna, Adrian Tellez, Aldo Gonzales and Dillon Sandlin. The third quarter ended with a score of 28-6.
The fourth quarter got heated with a fight that resulted in a player from each team being expelled from the game. The Cubs defense kept the Lions from scoring with the help of tackles from Julius Mullins, Tanner Hudson, Jesus Escobedo, Dillon Sandlin and Lance Sprague.
“We did good until the last six minutes,” said Coach Guy after the game. “We tell them all the time, you have to play with emotion, just don’t play emotionally.”
Guy said the Cubs started playing emotionally and that they are still working on how to handle the emotions of the game.
“I think we did really well, our team as whole did pretty good,” Parker Mayers said. “We did all of our techniques, we had a few errors here and there, but that is normal with a starting team. We have to get the kinks out, but I figure by next week we will be ready to go.”
Next week the Cubs play the Petrolia Pirates on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. in Petrolia, TX.