By Oskar LaRue
The Lyons Lions football squad remained unbeaten after five games as they shut out the winless Nederland Panthers 21-0 in Nederland last Saturday. With the temperature in the thirties and the wind gusting to fifty miles per hour, Lyons’ Coach Brandon Wilkes knew it was going to be a day for running the ball, not passing it. And that’s perfectly fine, since he’s got two guys that usually run for over a hundred yards a game in senior quarterback Logan Watson and senior
tailback Trent Poulsen. The two co-captains delivered the mail again, combining for thirty-five rushes, 233 yards and three touchdowns on the frozen Astroturf.
The Lions defense also played very well in the lousy weather, stopping several fourth-down attempts by the Panthers and gang-tackling at every opportunity.
The Lions got on the board in the opening quarter on their first possession; actually it was the third play from scrimmage when Poulsen followed sophomore linemen “Big John” Hickman and Gaspar Vasquez around the left side for a 25-yard score. That play followed a beautiful 24-yard run by Watson, who bounced off the plugged hole on the right side of the line and took it around the right end instead. Poulsen’s PAT made it 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Neither team scored in the second period. The Panthers coughed up the ball once, which an alert Vasquez recovered. The Lions then marched down the field, only to be stopped on fourth down deep in the Panthers’ red zone. Then the Panthers hacked up the ball again; this time the fumble was kicked up high in the air when the runner was tackled, and junior wide receiver/cornerback Austin Meyers was in the right place at the right time again. He grabbed the “interception” and returned it seventeen yards to the Panthers’ 35-yard line. It was all for naught, though, as the Lions were flagged for a penalty, and
Nederland kept the ball. They only had it for four more plays, though, and turned it over on downs. Senior linebacker Preston Medina and freshman linebacker Tanner Torello had some great hits on this drive. The Lions’ next drive featured two nice runs by Watson, one which he took all the way to the house from twenty-five yards out, only to be called back by yet another penalty. A couple plays later Watson fumbled the ball the ball over to Nederland, who immediately fumbled it back over to the Lions, and then, mercifully, the half ended. These guys needed to warm up their hands!
Nederland got the ball first in the third period, but the Lions defense forced them to punt. The Lions then began a 10-play drive culminating in Poulsen’s short touchdown run, thanks to the blocking of junior wide receivers Zach Christiansen and Austin Meyers. They cleared out two guys on the outside, and junior linemen Zach Hoar and Bowe Herman wiped out the inside guys, and Poulsen had a hole he could drive a snow plow through. But he just ran it in. That kid loves to run, you know. His extra point kick made the score 14-0 after three quarters of play.
The Lions scored once again in the fourth quarter, after a long drive, with Watson running it in over the right side. The offensive line blocked well, and the Watson/Pousen tandem ran the ball well, too. Watson only passed five times in the game, but with the howling wind and freezing cold, it was tough going for the passing game. For both teams. The final score was 21-0, and the Lions put their unbeaten record on the line this Saturday when they play the visiting 5-1 Platte Canyon Huskies. This will be the homecoming game for Lyons High School, which was previously scheduled to be against Estes Park three weeks ago. It will be played at Longmont High School’s Everly-Montgomery Field. GO LIONS!