LYONS — The Lyons football team was undefeated at home heading into this week — and 0-2 on the road — so homecoming on Friday night was a welcome occasion.
However, the Lions didn’t seem very much at home at Jet Johnson Field in the early going of the game against Front Range Christian. On the opening kickoff, FRC’s Seth Scadden returned the ball 90 yards for a touchdown.
And on Lyons’ third play from scrimmage, quarterback Logan Watson fumbled the ball away.
But despite shooting themselves in the foot several times, the Lions emerged with a 28-6 victory over FRC in Brandon Wilkes’ first homecoming as Lyons’ head coach.
Appropriately, the boy named homecoming king at halftime, senior Billy Housley, played a key role in the win with a couple of sacks, another tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.
“I couldn’t ask for a better night,” Housley said. “The team came together as one unit and the defense played really strong ball.”
Housley led a defense that didn’t allow a point to Front Range Christian’s offense. The Falcons managed just 139 yards of total offense and eight first downs while turning over the ball three times.
“That boosts the confidence of the team,” Housley said. “That’s what helps win games.”
The victory left Lyons with a 3-2 record, including 2-1 in the 1A Metro League.
After putting itself behind the 8-ball early, Lyons finally gained the momentum with a three-play, 52-yard drive in the second quarter. With the Lions still trailing 6-0, Watson scampered for 25 yards, then after a Lyons loss on the next play, he broke through the middle for 29 yards and the touchdown that led to the go-ahead extra point.
Watson finished the game with 116 yards rushing, though he also lost two fumbles. All told, Lyons turned the ball over three times via fumbles.
“We’ve been our own worst enemy a few times this year,” Wilkes said. “We’re a young team and still trying to figure out some of those things. Stuff is going to go wrong; it’s just a matter of how we’re going to react to it. I was very proud of how they overcame (the kickoff return and fumbles). Especially in the second half, we played very sound football.”
After holding a 7-6 lead at halftime, Lyons scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to give itself a nice cushion.
The Lions took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 53 yards for a TD, with Erik Blair running the ball the final dozen yards. And the Lions earned some added insurance with TD runs of 42 and 10 yards by Justin Boldt.
Boldt rushed for 99 yards in the second half and 121 for the game.
Front Range Christian, which beat Jefferson by one point last week after three straight losses, dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in Metro action.
Before the game it was announced that one of the NFL replacement referees, Mike Fischer, was working the Lyons contest. The replacement refs found themselves out of jobs after this week’s labor settlement between the league and the regular referees. So it was back to high school ball for Fischer.
Lyons will stay at home for its next contest, against Nederland on Friday at 7 p.m.
LYONS 28, FRONT RANGE CHRISTIAN 6
At Lyons HS
Front Range Chr. (1-4, 1-2) 6 0 0 X0– 0
Lyons (3-2, 2-1) 0 7 14 7 — 28
FRC — Seth Scadden 90 kickoff return (kick fail)
Lyons — Logan Watson 29 run (Trent Poulsen kick)
Lyons — Erik Blair 12 run (Poulsen kick)
Lyons — Justin Boldt 42 run (Poulsen kick)
Lyons — Boldt 10 run (Poulsen kick)
First downs 8 14
Rushes-yards 29-62 44-270
Passing yards 77 18
Comp-Att-Int 8-27-0 2-6-0
Fumbles-Lost 7-3 7-3
Penalties-Yards 5-25 10-70
RUSHING — Front Range Christian: Scadden 3-26, Matoba 17-25, Briggs 2-19, MeLean 1-2, Truman 6-(-10); Lyons: Boldt 16-121, Watson 21-116, Blair 5-28, Raper 2-5.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Front Range Christian: Truman 8-27-0, 77 yards; Lyons: Watson 2-6-0, 18 yards.
RECEIVING — Front Range Christian: Gautier 3-44, Matoba 3-24, Ferrin 1-13, Rhodes 1-(-4); Lyons: Falce 2-18.