Columbus Lions Get Set for National Arena League Championship
LOOK TO MAKE LIONS HISTORY WITH A THIRD STRAIGHT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
This week is no different for the Columbus Lions who have been in this position before, playoff territory. Staying consistent is priority in this weeks preparation for the Championship game.
“We’ve had some time to get off our feet so now it’s getting back to practice, you know, knocking some rust off the by-week,” says Columbus Lions quarterback, Mason Espinosa.
The Lions are 10-3 so far this season and riding a 7 game win streak. Their last victory was special. After picking up the program’s first ever road win against Lehigh Valley, hitting the road one final time isn’t all bad.
“When you are on the road that much and the trips that we had you were spending 24 hours together every day for 3 or 4 straight days and you form a bond you form a commradery and you start to care about each other so thats what i’ve seen happen over the last four or five weeks,” states Columbus Lions Head Coach Jason Gibson.
It’s time for payback. Two of their three regular season losses came at the hands of Jacksonville. Now, they’re hoping third time’s the charm, but to win another indoor title, it’ll take a great effort against the jacksonville defense.
“If we don’t score 8 touchdowns we aren’t going to win. Their defense is that good and it’s going to be a task,” claims Gibson.
When it’s all said and done, the past doesn’t matter. Its how you finish and that’s the mentality the lions are going into this game with.
“You don’t have to win the first game. All that other stuff is irrelevant and hopefully thats what i’ll be saying Monday night,” continues Gibson.
“I feel like all the hard work, everything we put into it, the off season work, like this is what its for. This week is; this is it,” says Columbus Lions Defensive Back Marte Sears.
You can expect to see a showdown in Jacksonville Monday night as the Lions take on the Sharks for the Championship at 7:30 pm EST.