Late rally not enough as Columbus Lions lose to Nashville Venom


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The road woes for the Columbus Lions continued Sunday in a 58-44 loss at the Nashville Venom.

The Lions trailed 52-30 heading into the fourth quarter before mounting a big rally that came up short.

The Lions got two touchdown catches from Jarmon Fortson to close to within eight, 52-44. But the Venom recovered the onside kick and scored the final touchdown as time expired.

Quarterback Chris McCoy, who was making his first start since the end of the 2011 season, threw five touchdown passes. Fortson caught three of those. Cody Pearcy and Dion Small caught the others.

Columbus (3-4) is now in a tie for second two games behind the Venom in the PIFL's American Conference.

The Lions start a three-game homestead at the Columbus Civic Center with a game against Lehigh Valley on May 31.

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