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The Tulelake Honkers came in to Friday’s road game against Redding Christian with a 6-0 mark in 2019, but a 1-6 record against the Lions all-time.
Make it 1-7 as Redding Christian rolled to a 20-0 first quarter lead and added seven in the third and 14 points in the fourth quarter to beat Tulelake 41-0.
The win moves the Lions to 4-1 and drops the Honkers to 6-1, clogging the 8-Man North standings as RC sits at 4-1 (4-0), Tulelake 6-1 (4-1), Hayfork 5-1 (3-1) and Big Valley 4-1 (2-1). Redding Christian hosts Hayfork next week and travels to Big Valley on Nov. 1 to end the regular season.
On Friday, the Lions were led by quarterback Clark Smith, who ran for 121 yards and two scores, while adding 64 yards in air and connecting with Carson Piper on a 45-yard scoring strike.
Piper, meanwhile, ran for 143 yards, had 55 yards receiving and 67 yards passing with a 29-yard TD pass to Karson Molter.
Defensively, the Lions held the Honkers out of the end zone – Tulelake has a plus-143 scoring differential coming into the contest.
Josiah VanDenend had two pick-6’s and six tackles. Ryne Luaces, Smith and Piper all chipped in six tackles each.
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