Columbus Lions QB question near homestretch of season

(Source: WTVM Sports File)
(Source: WTVM Sports File)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – We're in the homestretch of the season and the Columbus Lions are looking sharp— three straight wins and an almost guaranteed spot in the playoffs.

This past Saturday they showed off their depth as second string quarterback Mason Espinosa led the team to its sixth win of the year.

Mason Espinosa came out slinging in just his second start of the season Saturday leading the Lions to their third straight win the longest streak of the year.

"Anytime you can go on the road in a professional environment and get a win, it's huge," said Espinosa.

"It played a big part in the team's confidence, just to keep on building the momentum, like I said, going into the last home game," said Defensive Back Tyler Stephenson.

Espinosa filled in nicely for starter Darren Daniel. He threw for 262 yards and 6 TDs, and scored on every possession except one, putting his opening week performance against Jacksonville in the rearview mirror.

After the Jacksonville game, you get 24 hours to sulk on it and move on, you get 24 hours to enjoy the win and then you gotta kinda move on," Espinosa said.

"To score every time you touch the ball is a pretty darn good feat. Six touchdowns, no picks was huge. That was a measuring stick to come to that game," said Head Coach Jason Gibson.

Darren Daniel returns to the team after missing last week, so could we see a QB battle with only three games left in the season?

"That's what makes this team good, everybody's got to compete for a job week-in and week-out. Now it's another week and now let's compete. It's a competition every week when you line up for practice, at every position," said Gibson.

"Darren's a good dude. I love him, I wish him all the best, but I'm going to go out there and gun for my job," said Espinosa.

We'll have to wait and see, but a little competition never hurt anybody as long as it gets them a ring at season's end.

We'll wait until this weekend to see who gets the starting nod when the Lions take on the Corpus Christi Rage. Kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center.

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