The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks hosted the Columbus Lions at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Sunday evening. These two teams were renewing their rivalry in a new league.
The Steelhawks scored the first touchdown of the game when quarterback Warren Smith found wide receiver Warren Oliver, Jr. on a fourth down play.
The Lions answered with a touchdown of their own when quarterback Darren Daniel rushed for a one-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good, so Lehigh Valley held a 7-6 lead.
They would expand their lead to 14-6 when Smith threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Renford. On the ensuing Columbus drive, Eddie Davis III recorded his seventh interception of the season for Lehigh Valley. Smith would throw a touchdown to Sean Lockett to make it a 21-6 game at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Oliver Jr scored his second touchdown of the game, Columbus wide receiver Tristan Purifoy scored his first of the game and Lehigh Valley held a 28-20 halftime lead.
Columbus scored on the first play of the second half when Daniel found Jarmon Fortson on a deep pass. The two point conversion failed, so it was still a 28-26 score at that point.
With the score 35-33, Columbus defense committed a Lehigh Valley turnover. They would have the ball with a two point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
Columbus would get their first lead of the game when Daniel found Mike Reeve for a touchdown. A two-point conversion made the score 41-35.
Lehigh Valley would tie the game with a touchdown from Smith to Renford. A deuce on the ensuing kickoff gave the Steelhawks a 43-41 lead. The Lions would fail to convert a fourth down on their next drive.
Trailing 53-47 with 44 seconds left, the Lions scored with 19 second on a Daniel rushing touchdown. The extra point gave them a 54-53 lead. The Steelhawks would score the game-winner with two seconds left when Smith found Renford for a touchdown.
The final score would be 60-54. The Steelhawks will host the Georgia Firebirds next week. The Lions will be back in action on April 22 against the High Country Grizzlies.