July 23, 2008 TRI-CITY AREA — The Lapeer County Lions fell for the first time in their debut season, incurring a narrow 14-12 road setback to the Tri-City Thunder in a North American Football League confrontation last Saturday.
With the outcome, the Lapeer County Lions now stand at 1-1 overall.
"It was a very emotional loss for the entire team and staff," Lapeer County Lions Coach Dan Pilgrim said. "The guys played their hearts out," he noted.
"We will have to evaluate everything and make adjustments this Thursday in practice. We are still undefeated at home and have to keep that trend going. Our guys have that feeling of a loss burning inside of them. I look for them to come together and bring it to the house."
In Saturday's clash, the Tri-City Thunder grabbed a 7-6 edge after one quarter was complete.
The next 15 minutes of action proved scoreless.
When the action resumed, the Lapeer County Lions struck with a 6-0 third quarter advantage.
That staked the Lapeer County Lions to a 12-7 cushion at the time.
The Tri-City Thunder then outscored the Lapeer County Lions 7-0 from that point on, registering a 14-12 come-from-behind win at their expense.
Imlay City's Justin Sortor (a two-yard quarterback sneak) and Flint's Chance Garner (a two-yard tote) accounted for the Lapeer County Lions' 12-point total that evening.
In defeat, Cass City's Cody Halasz put up the Lapeer County Lions' best offensive numbers. Halasz finished with 128 rushing yards on 19 carries.
The Lapeer County Lions will look to bounce back this Saturday when they entertain the Indianpolis Tornadoes. That contest, slated for Almont High School, lists a 7 p.m. starting time.