LYONS -- Make no mistake, Jason Yantzer is the right man for the job in Lyons.
Ask anyone around and they will tell you that in his short time he has already started to change the culture of the Lions' program.
And while the quality of his work shouldn't be measured in wins and losses, the coach in him won't allow him to view it any other way.
After an impressive opening week shutout victory in Week 1 and a great half on Friday night against Front Range Christian, Yantzer's team finally experienced a a setback.
The Lions started to get beat up front by the Falcons, who took full advantage and won 27-7 at John 'Jet' Johnson Field in a game that the final score was not as indicative of how close the game actually was.
"I told the boys we played a good dogfight, but we've got to play four quarters," said Yantzer, who came to Lyons from Western Slope juggernaut Hotchkiss and even coached a playoff game against the Lions while on the Bulldogs staff.
"We need to keep running and to keep playing fast. We weren't playing fast that second half and it kind of killed us."
Lyons (1-1), which will host Wiggins next week, was flying to the ball in the first half. Dante Traghella, Keegan Bean, Jake Laurienti and Kyle Frohling just to name a few made big time stops defensively against a Falcons rushing attack in the early going.
They were swarming to the ball and had FRC guessing.
And they were doing it with a lead. The Lions scored on their opening possession. A nifty eight play, 60 yard drive culminated in Laurienti's five yard touchdown run.
But that would be all for the Lions offense that seemed to sputter the rest of the way.
"We want to try and stick to our base and stay there, but we are also trying to figure out if we can do other things as well," Yantzer said. "We go into that spread and sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't. It was a little off and I was a little off."
Front Range Christian (1-1) began to control the line of scrimmage and rip off big chunks of yard with their talented backfield duo of Jaxon Mahler and Cody Roundtree.
Mahler -- who finished with 126 yards on 11 carries -- tied the score in the third quarter with a 44-yard run and Roundtree gave the Falcons their first lead of the game early in the fourth on a six yard run to the pylon.
The Falcons would score twice more in the fourth, making quarterback Keegan Bean pay for his three, fourth-quarter interceptions.
But as Yantzer told his team in in the post game speech, "the train is still on the tracks," he said.
"They just need to realize that the system is in place and it's going int he right direction," he said. ""We just have to get everything together."
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Front Range Christian 27, Lyons 7
At LyonsFront Range Christian 0 0 7 20 — 27 Lyons 7 0 0 0 — 7
Lyons — Jake Laurienti 5 run (Alexa Karsel kick).
FRC — Jaxon Mahler 44 run (Kami Quinn kick).
FRC — Cody Roundtree 6 run (Quinn kick). FRC — Trey Ferrin 11 run (kick blocked). FRC — Mahler 34 run (Quinn kick).
RUSHING — Front Range Christian: Jaxon Mahler 11-126, Cody Roundtree 13-89, Josh Lang 3-29, Evan Munger 2-6, Seth Mendoza 1-4, Trey Ferrin 7-(minus-1). Lyons: Keegan Bean 18-42, Dante Traghella 1-12, Jake Laurienti 8-11.
PASSING — Front Range Christian: Ferrin 7-18-0-85. Lyons: Bean 7-15-3-63.
RECEIVING — Front Range Christian: Jake Buhler 3-52, Munger 2-19, CJ Hoff 1-7, Lang 1-7. Lyons: Dawson Kelly 6-56, Joe McCain 1-7.