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Wildcats end regular season with win over Lions

Jack Purcell plunges into the end zone for a touchdown during Lee’s win over Ludlow Friday night to conclude its season. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

LUDLOW — Friday night’s road trip for the Lee football team seemed to be just a formality. Sitting at 4-3 and winners of three straight games, the Wildcats were set to square off against the 1-6 Ludlow Lions, who were just waiting for their season to end.

But for the first 12 minutes, it was hard to tell which team was in the postseason and which had lost its last six games.

Eventually, the Wildcats turned it around and defeated the Lions 36-8, ending its season on a four-game win streak and heading into the Division VIII West playoffs on a high note.

Lee coach Keith Thomson didn’t know if it was rust from having a bye week or something else, but his team did not look ready to play when the opening kickoff left the tee, as evidenced by the Lions charging down the field and picking up the football before a Wildcat touched it.

That missed opportunity on the kickoff was one of four Lee turnovers in the first quarter, two of which set Ludlow up on the verge of the red zone for a chance to give the Lions an early advantage on the scoreboard.

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