Allen Park — Guards were spiking footballs and fullbacks were jumping over defenders.
Down was up and up was down in Allen Park on Monday where the Lions sat undefeated after three weeks for the first time since 2011.
During the film session in the running backs room, fullback Nick Bawden said his teammates appreciated his leap over Eagles safety Rodney McLeod for a first down in the third quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 victory at Philadelphia. The 10-yard reception moved the chains on a drive that resulted in the winning touchdown to Marvin Jones Jr.
“They were pretty happy I got the first down,” Bawden said. “I was fired up. I got up and tried to do a little dance, and Danny (Amendola) came over and gave me a high-five.
“Just tried to keep the ball moving.”
Bawden, who was wearing a “Make Fullbacks Great Again” hat in the locker room Monday, said he jumped over defenders twice at San Diego State and also was flagged for doing it in high school in Los Gatos, California.
Meanwhile, guard Joe Dahl’s spike went over well among his offensive line brethren after running back Kerryon Johnson helicoptered over the top for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, then rewarded Dahl with the celebration.
“I think everybody’s had pretty positive reviews. I didn’t look too coordinated doing it so it was nice,” Dahl said. “It gives us a little reward for all the hard work, but it was a great play by him to get in, too.”
Matt Schoch is a freelance writer.