After being outscored 98-6 in its first two games against playoff squads from a year ago, including Eastern Class B champion Leavitt of Turner, the Belfast football team hoped to right the ship Saturday afternoon after a bus ride to Newport to face the Nokomis Warriors, who also were looking for their first win.

The Lions looked like the better team across the board Saturday, and were when the final whistle blew as the visitors received a late defensive touchdown to seal the deal in an 18-6 victory over the Warriors.

The Lions (1-2) outgained the Warriors (0-3) 237-140 on offense and 341-190 in all-purpose yardage.

Jake Campbell rushed for 142 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Lions, while Mike McFadden also found paydirt on a touchdown pass thrown from quarterback Zach Collier. Collier was 5-of-12 passing for 69 yards and one score.

Also chipping in on the ground were Carl Dodge (12 yards on 7 carries) and Travis Tufo (31 yards on 9 carries), while Dodge hauled in three catches for 58 yards and McFadden two catches for 11 yards.

The Lions wasted little time getting on the board Saturday as Campbell took a pitch from Collier, broke left and beat the Warrior defense for a 68-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

Austin Chipman tied the score 6-6 with 5:29 remaining in the quarter on a four-yard plunge, but the Lions responded with another scoring drive in the second quarter.

Collier found McFadden on the right side for an 11-yard touchdown reception to help the Lions reclaim the lead 12-6 with 8:27 remaining in the half.

The Warriors were charging for a game-tying score in the fourth quarter, but Campbell perfectly read a Nokomis pass attempt and made the interception, returning it 75 yards for a touchdown, which proved to be the backbreaker for the hosts.

It is the second time in three weeks the Warriors let a game get away from them on a late defensive touchdown, with Oceanside picking up a 23-14 win at Newport in the first week of the season.

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