The BTW Lions broke their seven-game losing streak 30-6 homecoming win over the Mansfield Wolverines at Leonard C. Barnes Stadium on Friday night.
The Lions’ defense was led by Tre’Shawn Hill with four interception, including two returned for touchdowns. Hill added to his total of nine interceptions this year with his fifth touchdown return from an interception this year. He also added two offensive touchdowns to his resume’ for the night.
“I couldn’t do it without my team,’’ Hill said. “We had a good practice this week and this is a big win for us and our community.’’
The Lions defense also recorded seven sacks on the Wolverines (0-9).
“We needed the win,’’ BTW coach Kendrick Law said. “I’m proud of the guys for hanging in there….it took us a little while to get going in the first half. Once we got the churn turning, we began to pick it up and other guys started to feed off of it. Tre’shawn is one of the top athletes on the team. I expect him to make plays. I put a little a pressure on him to do certain things and tell him he’s my top man….we are very fortunate to have him on our side.”
BTW (2-7) had a late second quarter rally to take a 12-6 lead into halftime.
The Lions kept themselves from the end zone with penalties that kept backing them up on the field. BTW committed seven penalties for 64 yards alone in the first half. Mansfield was not much better committing six penalties for 40 yards.
In the second quarter, Hill ignited the Lions with a 43-yard kickoff return that put BTW in the red zone for the first time in the game. Hill eventually pushed them into the end zone with a 5-yard run into the end zone to take a 6-0 lead. The Lions defense continued to keep the Wolverines from putting points on the board.
BTW quarterback Antonio Ward connected with Teaundrick Byrd to start the drive for the Lions. Another big run by Hill got the Lions down to the 3-yard line where Lytavious Anderson crashed into the end zone from 2 yards to extend the Lions lead to 12-0.
The Lions seemed to have it under control going into the half, but Mansfield did not go quietly. Jamarea Evans returned 55 yards to put the Wolverines down on the 10. Penalties looked to hold them back again. Jaylin Wilson took Mansfield down to the 1-yard line. D’Andre Bailey finished the drive with 13 seconds remaining in the half to close out the half only down 12-6.
After halftime, the Lions finally opened up the lead on the Wolverines as Ward found Hill for a 21-yard pass touchdown to widen the gap to 18-6. Hill continued his defensive masterpiece as made his third interception and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to continue to extend the lead to 24-6. But the show wasn’t over yet. His final act of the night was another 45-yard interception return for the night as they wrapped up the victory 30-6.