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Gage Conner makes a pass as the Loris High School Lions prepare for the season in a scrimmage with Myrtle Beach. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

The Loris Lions dropped their fourth straight game Friday as they fell to Dillon 51-20.

Dillon jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead thanks to a one-yard rush by Ja’Teil Lester. 

Following an interception thrown by Gage Conner, the Wildcats tacked on another Lester touchdown to make it 12-0 midway through the first quarter.

Conner’s rough first quarter ended with another interception. The Loris quarterback finished the night with 32 yards and a touchdown, going 4-for-13 through the air

The second quarter was when the floodgates opened for Dillon.  

It started instantly as Lester found Bobo McKinnon for a 96-yard touchdown pass to make it 18-0 Wildcats on the first play of the second quarter. 

“We did a great job stopping them on those two-point conversions,” Loris coach Jamie Snider said. “Dillon is a more experienced and stronger team, but we just got a strength coach and we’re always working on getting better. This is all a building process.”

The Wildcats continued to build their lead over the Lions with two more touchdowns in a span of three minutes to make it 32-0.

Dillon added another touchdown to make it 38-0 with just over two minutes to go in the first half. 

Conner was able to compose himself and helped put together a solid drive that ended with him finding Brice Faircloth in the end zone to make it 38-7 with just under a minute to go in the half.

“Gage had some great throws tonight. He just needed a little help from his receivers,” Snider said. “He was hitting them right on the money, but it was just that kind of night.”

Dillon would score their fifth touchdown of the quarter on their first play of the drive to go into the half leading 44-7.

While Loris wasn’t able to get much offense going in the third quarter, Dillon did not let up, adding another touchdown with just over three minutes to go in the quarter to make it 51-7.

The biggest play in the third quarter for the Lions was Quan Soles’ 75-yard touchdown run to make it 51-13 just before the third quarter ended.

Soles ended the night with 22 carries going for 183 yards and a touchdown. 

Loris was able to get a third touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 31 after a nice drive that mostly featured Alan Ayala, who topped off the march with a touchdown from six yards out.

Ayala finished the night with 61 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.

“I like how we ran the ball tonight,” Snider said. “I’m really proud of our effort. We just need to work on our mistakes and get better each day in practice.”

Loris, now 1-6 overall and 0-2 in region play, returns home next Friday to take on Cheraw.

Kickoff between Loris and Cheraw is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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