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LYONS — Through four games, nobody could slow down the Resurrection Christian offense.
On Friday night, Lyons didn’t just slow the Cougars. It flat-out shut them down.
The host Lions, ranked No. 6 in Class 1A, generated six quarterback sacks and bottled up the run to dominate fifth-ranked Resurrection Christian 20-0 in a game that may decide the Metro North League title.
“This was a huge win,” junior Clint Hirschfeld said. “I was proud of the team. We really stepped up and played a great game tonight.”
As long as Lyons (4-1, 1-0 in league) takes care of business during the final four weeks of the regular season, it will win another league crown.
“This was the biggest game of our season,” running back Jayse Long said.
Resurrection Christian (3-2, 0-1) will try to regroup.
“I was a little bit surprised that we couldn’t put points on the board,” Resurrection Christian coach Rich Yonker said. “This is obviously the best football team we’ve played this year.”
The Cougars came into the game averaging 48.3 points per game, scoring at least 42 in each contest (their one loss was a forfeit, but they outscored Denver Christian 54-6 that day).
Lyons wasn’t about to be victimized. In fact, Resurrection Christian hardly threatened to score.
The Cougars offense got inside the Lions 46-yard line just once. A 65-yard pass from Josh Mondt to Racey Butler put the Cougars at the Lyons 16 early in the fourth quarter, but a pair of sacks — including one on fourth down by Hirschfeld and Levi Campbell — ended that threat.
That was one of three sacks by Hirschfeld, who didn’t have any coming into the game.
“That was a lot of fun,” he said. “I was really happy I got some sacks. I just got crazy, got mad. That was pretty much it.”
Lyons quarterback/linebacker Jordan Melani got into the act, too, sacking Mondt twice in the closing minutes to put a cap on the win.
Hirschfeld and his mates were much smaller than the Cougar linemen, but that was a plus.
“We just worked hard,” Lyons coach John Nichols. “We tried to use our speed and quickness to our advantage because their line is massive. We have some really aggressive, smaller kids and they’re relentless. We take what we can get.”
In addition to sacking Mondt six times, the Lions held standout running back Taylor Dewald to 40 yards on 16 carries. Counting the sack yards, Resurrection Christian finished with minus-14 yards rushing as a team.
“We played great defense and stopped their run and that was our No. 1 goal,” Hirschfeld said. “We did exactly what we wanted to do. We tackled No. 42 (Dewald) and stopped him.”
Offensively, the Lions ran for 263 yards, with 161 of those coming from Long.
He put the Lions on the board with a 16-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. His 71-yard scamper down to the Cougar 9 set up a Forrest Donnell field goal later in the quarter.
“It was one of the funnest games I’ve ever been in,” said Long, who posted his second 100-yard game of the season. “Our line did a great job and our coaches had a great scheme, going inside and outside. It just worked against their defense.”
On homecoming night, the Lions couldn’t have asked for a better effort, or a better result.
“We just take advantage of what we have and those kids just played well,” Nichols said. “They played lights out. They knew this was probably to at least get the upper hand in the conference race, and we needed to get it done tonight.
“That’s a good confidence booster and I think our kids know that if we play that way from here on out, we’ve got a chance.”
NOTES: Donnell kicked two field goals but also missed a field goal try. … Anthony Triffett ran for 29 yards and intercepted a Mondt pass in the first half. … Lyons senior Kyle Dick missed the game to attend a funeral for his grandfather. … Resurrection Christian had just 168 yards in total offense — and just 67 after halftime (65 of those on that long pass to Butler).
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Lyons 20, Resurrection Christian 0
At Lyons H.S.
Res. Chr. (3-2, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Lyons (4-1, 1-0) 10 7 0 3 — 20
Lyons — Jayse Long 16 run (Forrest Donnel kick), 8:20.
Lyons — Donnell 21 field goal, 1:26.
Lyons — Jordan Melani 1 run (Donnell kick), 1:15.
Lyons — Donnell 28 field goal, 10:31.
First downs 10 13
Rushes-yards 29-(-14) 45-263
Passing yards 182 0
Comp-Att-Int 12-21-1 0-1-0
Punts-Avg. 5-36.8 1-29
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 10-76 3-25
RUSHING — Resurrection Christian: Taylor Dewald 16-40, Josh Moser 1-0, Racey Butler 1-(-4), Josh Mondt 11-(-50); Lyons: Long 17-161, Melani 13-45, Anthony Triffet 8-29, Erik Blair 4-18, Donnell 1-12, Team 1-(-2).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Resurrection Christian: Mondt 12-21-1-182; Lyons: Melani 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Resurrection Christian: Chance Richardson 5-75, Butler 2-71, Dewald 2-23, Jake Lohr 2-10, Trent Buxman 1-3; Lyons: None.