ESTES PARK — By the time Friday night rolled around, it seemed like ages since the Lyons football team had played in a real game.
Two weeks ago, the Lions opened their season — one week before the majority of teams opened — with a loss.
Finally on Friday, they were able to rebound. Jayse Long ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Triffet led a spirited defensive effort and the Lions routed host Estes Park 50-6.
“We definitely needed it,” said head coach John Nichols, whose team lost to Lutheran 14-11 on Aug. 26. “I’ve never lost a game and had to sit out two weeks. That was tough, especially because it was a close game.”
No worries this week.
Estes Park (0-2) was forced to punt on the opening series, but never got the punt away. A bad snap resulted in a 19-yard loss that gave Lyons (1-1) the ball at the Bobcat 6. Two plays later, Kyle Dick scored the first of his two touchdowns and then added a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Lyons led 22-0 by the end of the first quarter and 41-6 at halftime. With a 23-yard touchdown by Long on the third play of the second half, the Lions took a 48-6 lead and forced a running clock for the remainder of the contest.
“It was so fun,” said Long, who also scored on a 41-yard run and needed just eight carries to get his 161 yards. “I love coming out here up to Estes. It’s one of my favorite places to play. It’s always a good rivalry and we always come out hard.”
Triffet did a little of everything. He ran for a touchdown and caught a pass on offense. He also intercepted two passes on defense.
“My team did great,” he said. “Our line got lots of pressure. It gave (Bobcats quarterback Frankie Keller Twigg) less time to really be accurate with his throws. That helped our secondary out. We’re getting better. We’re getting there.”
The Lions have a date with Yuma — which handed them a 14-7 loss in 2010 — next week, so Friday’s win was important.
“It was good to get back on the winning track,” Nichols said. “Just playing football again in a real game and getting a win; a win is a win and it brings confidence, and that’s really what we wanted going into the Yuma game.”
NOTES: Five of Long’s eight carries went for at least 23 yards. … The Lyons defense held Estes Park to 66 yards in total offense, including 6 rushing yards on 28 attempts. The defense also registered two safeties. … Thomas Nichols had two sacks for the Lion defense. … Although Lyons won, it did fumble six times, losing just two.
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LYONS 50, ESTES PARK 6
At Estes Park H.S.
Lyons (1-1) 22 19 7 2 — 50
Estes Park (0-2) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Lyons — Kyle Dick 3 run (Dick run), 10:36.
Lyons — Erik Blair 1 run (Forrest Donnell kick), 7:27.
Lyons — Jayse Long 41 run (Donnell kick), 3:48.
Estes Park — Adam Christenson 20 pass from Frankie Keller Twig (kick failed), 9:18.
Lyons — Anthony Triffet 2 run (Donnell kick), 5:19.
Lyons — Dick 1 run (Donnell kick), 4:17.
Lyons — Safety. Estes Park downs ball in end zone after bad snap, 2:58.
Lyons — Donnell 46 field goal, 0:37.
Lyons — Long 23 run (Donnell kick), 10:55.
Lyons — Safety. Estes Park’s Nicholas Burreson tackled in end zone, 1:23.
First downs 12 5
Rushes-yards 42-284 28-6
Passing yards 19 60
Comp-Att-Int 1-5-1 7-18-2
Punts-Avg. 0-0 4-25.3
Fumbles-Lost 6-2 1-0
Penalties-Yards 9-55 8-50
RUSHING — Lyons: Long 8-161, Trent Poulsen 3-26, Logan Watson 5-25, Triffet 4-25, Tullef Rudlong 5-24, Blair 3-11, Andre Waycott 2-8, Dick 2-4, Thomas Nichols 1-4, Zach Christiansen 1-3, Jordan Melani 7-(-3), Team 1-(-4); Estes Park: Kayle Robidart 8-17, Keller Twigg 17-16, Oliver Shields 1-0, Bailey Flores 1-(-4), Team 1-(-23).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Lyons: Melani 1-4-1-19, Watson 0-1-0-0; Estes Park: Keller Twigg 7-18-2-60.
RECEIVING — Lyons: Triffet 1-19; Estes Park: Keith Trahan 3-27, Adam Christenson 1-20, Robidart 2-8, David Klein 1-5.