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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
SOUTHLAND-The Homecoming festivities ended in disappointment Friday night as the Southland Eagles (1-3) lost to TAPPS school Christ the King Golden Lions 53-22.
After an interception from sophomore Bryson Nelson that put the Eagles inside the red zone, senior Benjamin Flores scored a rushing touchdown to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Christ the King struck back with a 15-yard rushing touchdown to bring the score to a 7-6 Golden Lion lead. Southland responded with a touchdown pass from Flores to senior Dylan Gossett to give Southland a 14-7 lead with 53 seconds left in the quarter.
Christ the King took over once the 2nd quarter started, and the Golden Lions scored six straight touchdowns from the start of the quarter to the near end of the 4th quarter, including a fumble recovered for a touchdown with 1:42 left in the game. The Eagles did not go down without swinging, and Southland scored the last points of the game with a rushing touchdown from freshman Zach Grubbs.
Southland is on a BYE today. The Eagles will wrap up non-district play next Friday on the road taking on the Sands Mustangs with kickoff at 7:30 pm. The Mustangs are 0-3 so far this season with losses to Roby, Sanderson, and Whitharral.