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Columbus Lions win Athletes of the Week

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The Columbus Lions used a dominant defensive performance to knock off the defending Professional Indoor Football League champions, 39-31, last week.

For that, they are the latest Headquarter Nissan Athletes of the Week.

“We were struggling, offensively, to put points on the board,” said head coach Jason Gibson of the game Saturday. “[The] defense came out and played maybe the best defensive performance I’ve ever seen in eight years. To hold an arena team scoreless on offense for three quarters is unheard of, especially the defending league champions.”

The Alabama Hammers managed just 11 points in the first half: one on a kickoff through the uprights, seven on a Lions fumble recovered in the end zone, and a second-quarter field goal.

The win put Columbus over .500 at 5-4 on the year, and in position to clinch a playoff berth and home-field advantage. They just need to beat the Nashville Venom Saturday night at home.

“It’s a must-win if we want home field advantage,” Gibson said. “We’re undefeated at home. We’re 5-0 at home, and hopefully we can make it 6-0 against the Venom.”

A win Saturday puts the Lions a half-game out of first place behind the American Conference-leading Venom, and they would hold the tiebreaker.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at the Columbus Civic Center.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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