The Westlake Lions community is in a state of mourning after losing their high school principal, Jamar Robinson, and his wife Annmarri Robinson. The one thing that could help ease the pain during a time like this? Football. Something the Lions are really great at and something the Robinson family enjoyed on Friday night.

This game would determine the region 4 6-A champions for either team.

In the Lovejoy Wildcats case, they were the ones with more on the line this game dropping their previous game to Hughes.

While a lot was at stake for both teams, it was simple: Win this game and you will be region champions.

After a heartfelt pregame tribute, the Lions put together one of their best performances of the season. Although they felt to convert on a field goal on their opening drive, the Lions defense forced the Wildcats to go three and out to get the ball back with good field position.

Lions runningback Zina Mulbah scored his first rushing touchdown on the next drive to lead 7-0.

On their next offensive series, senior receiver and LSU commit Nate Wiggins scored on a 10-yard touchdown reception, increasing the lead to 14 with 1:05 to go in the first quarter.

While the Wildcats were trying to not let the game get away, a bad snap forced the punter to recover the football in the endzone, giving the Lions two points on a safety.

The Lions pilled onto their lead on the ensuing drive. Mulbah rushed in from the goal line barely being touched putting the Lions at a 23-0 lead with 6:12 to go in the second quarter.

The Wildcats were down big and the pressure was on them to do something before they went into halftime.

They tried to make something happen but it just was not their night. Wildcats quarterback Stephin Craig pass was intercepted by Lions defensive back Adryan Haye who took it down to the one-yard line.

Mulbah finished it off for the Lions, this time punching it in to lead 37-0 going into halftime.

One half ultimately determined this game as the Wildcats failed to get anything going offensively.

However, the Lions added two scores in the second half.

This time, Lions runningback Corzavius Smart broke loose for a long rushing touchdown late in the third quarter, dodging past three Wildcats defenders, stiff-arming one defender while managing to keep his pants up.

Punt returner TJ Booker to a punt all the way to the house with 5:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the Lions to victory and capture this year’s region title.

“It didn’t matter who we played tonight,” said Lions head coach Bobby May.

“The kids knew that we needed to play for Robinson,” said May on the importance of this game for the late Jamar Robinson.

The Lions will finish their regular season next Friday on the road at Tucker.

Photo: Anfernee Patterson/ The Atlanta Voice

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