Published: December 31, 2017
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah delivered the Detroit Lions’ fans a New Year’s eve gift that they won’t soon forget.
In what could be his last game in a Lions’ uniform, Ansah came through in a big way with three huge sacks as Detroit handled the Green Bay Packers 35-11.
His first sack of the game came midway through the second quarter when he blew through the Green Bay offensive line on third-and-8 and took down Brett Hundley for a 10-yard loss to force a punt.
The Lions’ Twitter page shared video of the play.
He got to Hundley once again on the first drive of the third quarter to force another punt when he wrapped up the Packers signal caller for a 12-yard loss on a third-and-5.
Ansah followed that up on the next Packers’ possession as he recorded his third sack of the day on third down making him the first Lions’ player ever to record three sacks in back-to-back games, according to the Detroit Lions’ Twitter page.
On the day, he totaled five quarterback hits, four tackles, three sacks and forced an intentional grounding penalty.
That pushed his season numbers to 44 tackles, 12 sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in 14 games.
Jamaal Williams also had a strong showing in that game before leaving early with an injury. He finished with 22 carries for 82 yards while catching three passes for 31 yards. It was his fourth time on the season with more than 100 yards from scrimmage.
For his rookie season, Williams totaled 153 carries for 556 yards and two touchdowns. He added 25 catches for 262 yards and two more scores.
On the hardwood
Jordan Chatman had another impressive shooting day on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Boston College Eagles fell to the No. 9 ranked Virginia Cavaliers 59-58. In the one-point loss, Chatman totaled 18 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor, including a blistering 4-for-5 from 3-point land and 4-for-4 from the foul line while playing all 40 minutes.
On the season, he is averaging 14.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 92.5 percent from the foul line.
Matt Carlino also had a big scoring performance for the Roseto Sharks in a 90-75 loss to Treviso on Friday. The former BYU guard finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-for-21 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. He added six rebounds, four assists and four steals in 33 minutes.
Through five games, Carlino is averaging 22.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes.