Cobras Say Goodbye to Regular Season
In a game that had no effect on the playoffs, the Columbus Lions played lights out and beat the Cobras 46-34 in Columbus. In the game Jordan Jolly tied the NAL record with 104 receptions for the year, and also tied the NAL Touchdown receiving record with 31.
Now to the game:
The Cobras got the ball to start the game, and as usual scored, on a 14-yard pass from Charles McCullum to Jordan Jolly and with the PAT it was a 7-0 Cobras lead. The Lions answered going 30 yards on three plays with Desmond Reece on a two-yard pitch around the end. The PAT was good, and we were tied up at 7. The Cobras drove the ball the length of the field on their next drive but were stopped on the goal line to turn it over on downs. The Lions could not answer as to start the second quarter they missed a 54-yard FG.
In the second quarter the scoring started heating up. Carolina quickly scored, this time a 16-yard TD catch by Jolly, his second of the night, the PAT was good, and it was 14-7 Cobras. The Lions could not answer this time as Lion's QB Brian Hicks threw an interception to Michael Green, his 10th INT on the year. The Cobras wasted no time scoring again, this time it was Von Pearson from 22 yards out. The PAT was blocked so it was 20-7 Cobras. The Lions answered quickly with Triston Purifoy with the 18-yard TD Catch, Erickson missed the PAT and it was 20-13 Cobras. The Cobras struck right back with Jolly with his third TD catch of the night, from 4 yards out, making it 27-13 Cobras. The Lions had one last chance before the end of the half and capitalized with a 1-yard TD pass to Reese. The PAT was good and went into the half with the Cobras leading 27-20.
The second half was all Lions. Murphy's Law was in effect for the Cobras as almost everything that could go wrong, did. The Lions got the ball to start the second half, and the Cobras defense stood up and Erickson missed a FG, but on the first play of the Cobras drive McCullum was sacked and stripped and lost the ball on a fumble, recovered by Ulric Jones at the Carolina 3. Took one play for Reese to get his second rushing TD of the night, the PAT was good, and it was tied at 27. The Cobras got the ball and drove the field for their final score of the night. It was Jordan Jolly's 4th from 8 yards out, the PAT was good, and it was 34-27 Cobras. The Lions drove right back, this time Reece with his second TD catch and fourth TD of the night from 17 yards out, the PAT was no good and it was 34-33 Cobras. McCullum was intercepted by Dominick Sanders in the end zone which took us to the end of the quarter.
In the fourth the Cobras defense stood up and turned the Lions over on downs, but the Lions returned the favor, with Brandon Rutherford missing a 52-yard FG attempt. The Lions took the ball downfield again, and this time they ran the fake pitch to Reece and hit TE Dion Small in the back of the end zone for the TD. The PAT was good, and it was 40-34 Lions. On the following kickoff, Blake Erickson who had been doing squib kickoffs all night bounced it off a Cobra at the Columbus 15, and fell on the bouncing ball at the Columbus 10 to keep the ball for the Lions. The Lions took their time and ran down some clock and scored on a 6 yard TD catch by Bones Bagaunte, the PAT was no good, but it made it 46-34 Lions, the Cobras ran out of time and could not score on their next possession and your final from Columbus was the Columbus Lions (6-8) 46 the Carolina Cobras (9-5) 34.
The Playoffs are next Cobra fans, and the game will be at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday August 3 at 7pm. Tickets for all but the Snake Pit Rows (first two on the sideline) are either $10 or $20. The Cobras will be hosting the Massachusetts Pirates and want the Triad to Black Out the Coliseum! Make sure you are THERE!
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