Jared Jackson makes the run.9/15/06 Transcript photo by Patrick Earnest

MIDWEST CITY — Heading into Friday’s game with Midwest City, Moore coach Bill Bays had talked about wanting to see something special from his Lions. He wanted to see them play with a sense of urgency.

For much of the game, the Lions did just that. Whatever the Bombers dropped on them, they answered back. But a decisive 20-point third-quarter outburst by Midwest City proved to be more than Moore could handle as the Lions fell 34-29.

The loss dropped the Lions to 0-3 on the season and left Bays wondering how to get through to his team.

“We are at a crossroads,” Bays told the Lions after the game.

Moore had its chances to win the contest. After forcing the Bombers to punt late in the fourth quarter, the Lions went on a 10-play drive that concluded with Jared Jackson bulldozing his way through the defense for a 5-yard touchdown.

The ensuing two-point conversion would have pulled Moore to within three points, but quarterback Billy Balek was sacked and the score stayed 34-29.

The Lions attempted an onsides kick but it went out of bounds at the Midwest City 49-yard line with 2:10 left in the game. The Bombers (2-1) ran out the clock to end the game.

Moore tallied 417 total yards on the night, including 205 through the air as Balek lit up the Bomber defense. But a lack of protection prohibited him from making key plays late in the game.

“Billy played incredible,” Bays said. “But took a beating and should not have.”

Moore got on the board first with an Andres Charry 27-yard field goal. It came at the end of 10-play, 57-yard drive.

But the Bombers came right back with an 18-yard touchdown run from Antonio Brown. Midwest City looked like it was about to bust loose.

But the Lions’ Phillip Hershel stunned the crowd when he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Balek as he was falling backwards into the endzone. It was Hershel’s second touchdown of the season.

Due to an injury to Devon Johnson, Bays was forced to move Jackson from his h-back position to tailback. And he was not hesitant to use him. Jackson had 40 carries for 198 yards. But it still may not be a permanent move.

“Jared does so much for us on offense and defense, I don’t know if he could hold up,” Bays said. “We will have to evaluate it.”

During one stretch late in the second quarter, Jackson carried the ball on six consecutive plays and gained 44 yards. But a Balek interception ended the drive.

However, Balek redeemed himself on the next series. After fumbling the snap, he grabbed the loose ball out of the air and attempted to run, but saw a wide-open Kyle Wormington streaking down the right sideline and heaved a 46 yard pass.

But it resulted in no points after Andres Charry missed a 25-yard field goal with 27 seconds left in the half. The Lions trailed 14-10 heading into half-time.

Midwest City then took the opening second half kick 76 yards for a touchdown. The 10-point swing gave the Bombers a 21-10 advantage.

Midwest City tacked on two more scores in the third quarter to end their scoring for the night, but it was more than enough to hold off Moore.

The Lions had their chances to creep closer after Jackson scored to begin the fourth. They recovered an onside kick at the Midwest City 49, but three plays later, they had to punt.

For the third straight game the Lions were unable to make the plays that would have turned a 0-3 record into 3-0. It’s something Bays wants his kids to look at in the coming days.

“I thought we had some great individual performances,” Bays said. “Jared did a great job. But we have too many guys not playing with a sense of urgency.”

Michael Kinney366-3536mkinney@normantranscript.com

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