The Clear Lake Lions varsity football team had its season come to an end Monday night with a heart breaking loss at home against a tough West Delaware squad. The final score of the round two 3A playoff game was West Delaware 23, Lions 16. “Early in the game we were moving the ball like crazy and we kept putting the ball on the ground,” Clear Lake coach Fred Wieck said. “We had two turnovers in the first half and you just can’t do that against a quality team.” West Delaware (9-2) turned the two Clear Lake turnovers into a 14-0 halftime lead. That lead was extended to 23-0 midway through the fourth quarter led by a balanced running and passing attack of West Delaware. Senior running back Brandon Domeyer was a thorn in the Lions side all evening, rushing for 143 yards and a touchdown. The lions changed their fortunes with a rushing touchdown by Brent Tarr at 6:21 of the final period. After a successful onside kick, the lions drove the field again for another touchdown, this time a 2 yard pass from Ozzie Adams to Tarr. With the crowd in a frenzy and smelling comeback, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by West Delaware, who ran out the clock to salt away the game. “That’s the way we’ve always been,” Clear Lake senior center Austin Kessler said. “We’ve never given up. “We’re just really relentless. We go out and play every down like it’s our last. We didn’t give up to the very end.” Wieck, whose team bowed out at 10-1, said he was proud of his team’s effort down the stretch Monday night. “I thought our kids showed a lot of character being down 23-0,” Wieck said. “We could have just rolled over and quit and said ‘you win.’ “We didn’t and hung in there. We came down there and got the score and the two-point conversion and we did it again.” Wieck, whose team was in the playoffs for the 13th straight year, must replace 20 seniors. “They’re a great bunch — the seniors,” Wieck said. “They did a great job of hanging in there and playing and practicing hard. They’re a fun group to work with. They did everything we asked them to do.” The lions ended their season at 10-1, the 3rd straight 10 win season for the varsity boys squad.