IDER — As Chris Hammon watched his young Section football team continue to get back up and compete play after play last week despite being outmanned against top-ranked Fyffe, the coach felt like his Lions were going to be all right this season.
“They kept fighting,” Hammon said. “They showed me something.”
Section showed out this week against Class 2A Region 8 foe Ider, shutting out the homestanding Hornets 12-0 Friday night to give Hammon’s his first win as Section head coach.
“It’s special,” Hammon said, “but I’m just proud for these kids and the community. First win for a lot of these guys. It’s big for us, gives them the confidence that they can win, can compete. Hopefully we can build on it.”
Section (1-2, 1-1) showed more of that fight Hammon has grown accustomed to seeing, overcoming having a 60-yard touchdown run by Drake McCutchen negated by a penalty on the first series of the game. The Lions eventually took a 3-0 lead on Leo Viljanen’s 42-yard field goal in the first quarter before enjoying a 10-0 lead at halftime following Drake McCutchen’s 8-yard touchdown run and Viljanen’s PAT in the second quarter.
The only points of the second half came when Ider snapped the ball over its punter’s head and he was ultimately tackled in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter.
“Our defense played as good as you can ask for,” Hammon said. “(Ider) couldn’t run on us and they tried to throw. We got hit a few times on the slant, but other than that, we were good.”