The Spring Hill Bears suffered a tough one point heartbreaking loss to Bismarck Lions 14-13 to kickoff the 2017 football season at Bear Stadium last Friday night.

The Spring Hill Bears suffered a tough one point heartbreaking loss to the visiting Bismarck Lions 14-13 to kickoff the 2017 football season last Friday night at Bear Stadium.

The Bears were challenged to a improved Lions team that seek revenge from last year's season-opening loss to visiting Spring Hill in Bismarck 46-26 in 2016. This time, Bismarck escaped with a one point victory to begin their season 1-0 after going winless last season.

Despite what anticipation Bismarck look to have as a more productive squad, the Bears maintain the edge throughout the game with a 13-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Lions managed to spark for two key touchdowns in the finale quarter of the game to escape with victory.

Spring Hill football head coach Matt McBride was proud how had his Bears brought the intensity for a productive overall performance against Bismarck. With a few key mishaps made in their game that might have made the difference of the outcome, McBride knows it's correctable and just have execute better.

"The kids were very disappointed to lose in a close game. Got to give Bismarck credit, they're a better team than last year with a new head coach. We played pretty good defensively, but didn't execute on some plays offensively. Defensively, I'm proud of them and just continue to work hard and execute on offense," McBride said.

Offensively, the Bears did create some big plays as quarterback Payton Massanelli finished the game 12-32 passing for 224 yards for one touchdowns, one INT and rushed for a TD for his first performance back from suffering a early season injury last year. Receiving, Drake Kidd led with five receptions for 146 yard and one touchdown. Cam Middleton had three receptions for 25 yards, Keymonte Rhodes had two receptions for 37 yards, Lewis Chambers and Hays Martin each had a receptions apiece.

On the ground, Rhodes led the rushing attack 15 carries for 41 yards and Dustin Beck four carries for 12 yards rushing.

Defensively, the Bears kept the Lions scoreless for the entire first half and third quarter. Beck finished with four tackles and an interception.

The Bears will return to the gridiron this Friday night on the road to face the Parkers Chapel Trojans for week two of high school football. The Trojans are coming off a big victory last week against Magnet Cove and have momentum heading into their match-up against the Bears. With a disappointing loss last year at home against PC, the Bears look to return the favor on the Trojans field to seek victory for their first win of the 2017 football season during their non-conference schedule. Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Parkers Chapel.