COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Lions have seemed to have hit their stride. After a rocky first couple of games, the Lions are now on a six game winning streak and head coach Jason Gibson says it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Every year there’s one game that puts you over the top and I can recall the game every season. I think Monterrey was that game where it just all clicked,” says Gibson.
This Lions team has certainly been tested. The team is set to play their third game in 11 days, all coming on the road. And the traveling doesn’t stop now. Columbus made it into the National Arena League playoffs and will take on Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It will be tough because they’ve never beaten Lehigh on the road before.
“They have that feel, they’re one of those opponents that feel like if they can stick around in the dog fight. Then at the end of the fight you might be in for a long one,” says defensive lineman Ken Washington.
But the defense is no longer carrying this team. The offense is finally clicking under former backup QB, now starter, Mason Espinoza.
“He had a chance in the beginning but Darren stepped in and played really well and I went with that.. The door opened up and if they play well they are playing. And so right now we’re scoring on almost every possession. And Mason’s playing really well and no one can deny it,” says Gibson.
Kick off is set for this Friday at 7pm ET. The winner will play the winner of the Monterrey Steel vs Jacksonville Sharks for the NAL Championship.