Thursday, July 24, 2014 · 8:20 a.m.

Lions score 31 unanswered against Ooltewah, cruise to lopsided win

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Ooltewah’s season came to an end Friday night after its 31-14 loss at No. 1 Columbia Central in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs.

The Owls (9-4) led 13-0 early in the second quarter, but the Lions (11-2) reeled off 31 straight, rolling to a lopsided victory.

Junior quarterback Brody Binder accounted for both of Ooltewah’s first-half touchdowns. He fired a 30-yard strike to junior Mike Williams with 6:45 remaining in the opening quarter before scrambling into the end zone from five yards out with 8:19 left in the second.

Columbia trimmed its deficit to 13-7 on senior running back Chris Martin’s 5-yard rushing score, and the Lions took their first lead of the game minutes later when senior quarterback Matthew Markham hooked up with senior Dre Hall on a 57-yard scoring strike.

Hall brought down an interception on the ensuing Ooltewah possession, and kicker Nolan Boone connected on a 42-yard field goal attempt to give the Lions a 17-13 halftime advantage.

Columbia added two more scores in the fourth quarter as Martin added his second touchdown run with 11:56 remaining, and Markham fired his second score to Hall with 1:30 left, this time from 13 yards out.

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