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Lions get out of the Dragons’ den with a win

Alconbury's Swapp Spencer is taken down by AFNORTH'S Sivert Haukland for a saftey on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at RAF Alconbury, England.

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By CHRISTOPHER DENNIS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 7, 2019

RAF ALCONBURY, England – In a game that came down to inches and seconds Saturday, the AFNORTH Lions won 28 -25 over Alconbury Dragons.

Down to the last seconds of the game, a 20-yard pass and 20-yard run by Alconbury’s Swapp Spencer failed by inches to bring the Dragons the points they needed for victory.

“I thought we had that one. I think this was my baptism to six-man football,” Dragons coach Duke Eidt said.

But there were plenty of highlights on both sides in Alconbury’s return to football after several years of not fielding a squad.

Alconbury’s Tre Tre’von took the kickoff to open the second half 80 yards for a touchdown to bring the Dragons within a point at 19-18.

The defense for both sides started pushing back the offense on both sides, resulting in a series of fourth-down turnovers that eventually lead to a safety for the Lions.

Alconbury had scored the first touchdown midway through the first quarter with a 30-yard run by Tre’von.

A 10-yard pass and a 20-yard run by the Lions, Colby Flash tied the score at 8–8 by the end of the first quarter.

The highlight of the second quarter was a lateral pass from the 1-yard line to Tre’von, who then ran it into the endzone for another touchdown for Alconbury, which trailed 18-12 at halftime.

There was a tense moment for Alconbury when Tre’von went down in the third quarter to what looked like a knee injury. But he was up and going again by the end of the game.

The Lions were just happy to leave with a victory.

“I’m just glad to get out of the Dragons lair with a win,” coach Greg Blankenship said.

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AFNORTH's Marques Williams tries to fend off a tackle by Alconbury's Tye Tre'von during a play Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at RAF Alconbury, England.
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