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Lions peewees fall to Chico
REDDING - Neither the rain Saturday nor the 20-6 loss to the Chico Scorchers could dampen what the Corning Lions Peewee Division squad did this season, as they finished the year 11-1 and as runners-up in their division.
Playing in the NorCalFed Super Bowl against the undefeated Chico Scorchers, the Lions not only had to weather a steady drizzle, but a stonewall Chico defense on Saturday at Moynahan Field on the campus of Enterprise High School.
The Scorchers got on the board first in the first quarter when Caleb Cooley bounced out to the left and rambled 55 yards for a touchdown. The Lions stuffed the conversion attempt to keep the score at 6-0.
With less than two minutes remaining in the period and after recovering a Chico fumble, the Lions made it pay off right away when Mikey Rodriguez made his way to the right sideline and tight-roped his way in front of the Corning bench for a 55-yard tying TD.
In the second quarter it was Corning's turn to show off an impenetrable defense, when they made a goalline stand with 2:16 left.
Cooley scored again for the Scorchers, this time on a 3-yard run with 42 ticks left in the half to give Chico a 12-6 lead at the break.
The Corning defense rose to the occasion again in the third quarter, when Rodriguez intercepted a Chico pass in the end zone to halt a scoring threat.
The final score came in the fourth quarter when Chico's Jeremiah Choo scored on an 8-yard run.
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