Lions prepare to face Monterrey Steel

Lions prepare to face Monterrey Steel

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Last week didn't go according to plan for the Columbus Lions, as they suffered another close loss to the National Arena League-leading Jacksonville Sharks, 37-28.

But the takeaway from the game was that the defense played an excellent game, holding the Sharks to just 37 points and 201 yards total offense. That's not bad for a group that had struggled a bit and provides a good stepping stone to what they hope will be a big second half of the season.

"We focused on playing physical and running to the ball, playing very fast," linebacker LeRon Furr said. "We came out and executed very well and held one of the best rushers in the league under 20 yards when he averaged more than that a game. We've just got to keep it up and let it roll over to the next game."

That next game just happens to bring the biggest marquee name playing in the NAL, Jacoby Jones. Jones, the former Baltimore Raven is best known for his 108-yard kickoff return for a TD in Super Bowl XLVII versus the San Francisco 49ers, even started his arena career with a 58-yard kick return for a score in the season opener. Furr says the Lions are aware of Jones, but he's not the entire focus of the defense's preparation.

Jacoby Jones is a great athlete, said Furr. I remember watching him return the kickoff in the Super Bowl. He's a very fast athlete but this is a whole different ballgame. It's not the same. They have other athletes out there besides him, so he's a key we have to focus on but there's other players out there as well.

The stats back him up. Jones is still looking for his first TD reception for the Steel, while a pair of former Lions, London Crawford and Maurice Dupree, account for 12 of their 16 TD catches.

The Lions and Monterrey tee it up Saturday night at 7 pm ET at the Civic Center.

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