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Mistakes Cost Lions Again

07/01/2019 7:32 PM

 Injuries and timely turnovers ultimately doomed the Columbus Lions (3-7) late in the game as the Massachusetts Pirates (6-4) picked up their second week in as many weeks 61-37.
The Lions lost both Paris Mack and Chris Sanders to injuries in the first half. Sanders was a big body threat with over 500 yards and 15 touchdowns to his name. Sanders collided with the wall on a pass play and was shaken up. He was taken back to the locker room and didn’t return.
Mack was the deadliest deep-threat receiver in the league, hauling in over 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also led the league in yards per catch (17.2), which was four yards ahead of second place. On a deep pass play, Mack would pull up and eventually fall to the ground, holding his hamstring.
Late in the game, Columbus would lose another big piece, this one on the offensive line. Aundrey Walker went down with a leg injury. The 40-game starter at USC, who also went to camp with the Miami Dolphins, laid on the field for a couple of minutes before being carried off the field.
Columbus would be able to put up the yards and a great showing in the first half. Luke Collis would connect with Bones Bagaunte for a 39-yard prayer to take the lead 17-14. After that, the offense found it hard to convert crucial plays. Bagaunte would finish with 92 yards and three touchdowns. A big bright spot for Columbus was Triston Purifoy’s return. The receiver stepped up to the plate and put on a big performance grabbing 10 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. Collis would end the day 16/31 for 203 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
The defense answered the bell time and again in the first half. Massachusetts’ quarterback Sean Brackett, who is having an MVP like season and is one of the most efficient passers in the league, would be on the receiving end of two major Columbus interceptions. Both came in the red zone at the hands of Shattle Fenteng and Dominick Sanders. Eventually, the defense would succumb and found it hard to keep the Pirates out of the end zone.
For the Lions, the hunt for the playoffs is still very much alive. Columbus still holds the 4th seed tiebreaker over the New York Street (3-7). The Street fell at home to the Jacksonville Sharks 51-42. The Lions will keep an eye on July 5th as the Street will take on the Pirates in New York. July 6th, the Lions have to get ready for their own battle against the defending champion Carolina Cobras in Carolina.