The Undefeated Lions Advance to the Sectional Championship

Lions Football advances against Portage in a gritty 67-33 lead.


Derrick Woods during one of his 32 carries during Friday’s sectional game between Elkhart and Portage. Photo courtesy of WHME 46 Sports.

Friday, October 30, the Elkhart Lions walked onto the Portage Indian´s turf and struck a 67-33 win to finish the 6A Sectional Semifinal game.  

On this chilly night, the start of a offensively dominated game began with Portage up 0-6 with a blocked punt return for a touchdown early in the  first quarter. Elkhart responded back quickly with senior Derrick Woods for a long touchdown run that gave the Lions a 7-6 lead.

Woods continuously ran the ball and gave the Lions 6 touchdowns in only the first quarter of the game. By the end of the game he finished with a high of 8 touchdowns, and 397 total rushing yards, in only one game. 

¨Before every game I say that we need to do our job and believe in the guy next to you. We have to play one play at a time and stay focused, especially now in the playoffs; one bad play can make the game go the other way,¨ Woods exclaims. 

Portage had some great offensive plays that made Lion’s defense step up their game in the second half. ¨Our defense has played great all year making it easy for the offense, tonight we had to pick them back up just like they do for us¨, senior quarterback Cameron Wilfong said. 

The unstoppable force of Wiltfong and Woods quickly led the Lions to lead 47-33 at  halftime. The true meaning of playing for your teammate next to you really showed in the first half of the game.

¨We grind everyday at practice and our coaches set up a great game plan to allow us to score on every drive we have.¨, Wiltfong says. 

Out on the field, senior defensive end Tyon Winters made his voice heard when the Lions began the second quarter. Winters, a vocal leader for the Lions,  supports and pumps up his teammates with dance moves and loud cheering. 

¨It feels great knowing that I pump the team up and get us going. It definitely helps me stay positive and bring a great energy towards our team¨ Winters explains. 

The Lions finished off the night with a 40 yard touchdown by freshman Javien Sharp to end the score of 67-33. 

Next week, the Lions play the  Chesterton Trojans for the Sectional Championship on home turf at Rice Field. ¨It’s just another game for us, we’re gonna attack and practice with a mentality to get better each day and not underestimate our opponent,¨ Winters emphasized.