ELLICOTT — Playing more than half the game without its star signal caller, the Lyons football team desperately needed a couple of its other 18 players in uniform to step up and fill the void.
The pack responded.
Sophomore Daniel Fager recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put the Lions up one late in the third, and sophomore nose guard Gasper Vasquez made a huge tackle late in the fourth to preserve the 13-12 win.
After scrambling in for a 5-yard touchdown in the first period to put LHS ahead, Watson went down in the second quarter with a sprained knee. The senior QB was held out the remainder of the contest for precautionary reasons.
“No idea how long he’ll be out,” coach Brandon Wilkes said. “We think it will be minor injury, but he’s such a big part of team didn’t want to take the chance.”
Clinging to a 7-6 lead in the second half, Fager made the huge play on special teams to create more separation. The tight end/linebacker pounced on the blocked kick to give Lyons a full seven-point advantage.
But it was the Lions’ defense that made the big play to seal the victory. After allowing Ellicott to score a touchdown and come within one point of tying with just over 4 minutes remaining, LHS stood tough as the Thunderhawks attempted to go for the two-point conversion and take the lead. But Vasquez proved up to the task, stuffing the ball carrier and allowing Lyons to walk away with the win.
“Great win for us,” Wilkes said. “Overcame a lot of adversity. We only suited up 19 guys and it was in the 90’s (degrees) down there.”
Lyons 13, Ellicott 12
At Ellicott H.S.
Lyons (1-0) 7 0 6 0 — 13
Ellicott (0-1) 6 0 0 6 — 12
Lyons — Logan Watson 5 run (Trent Poulsen kick).
Lyons — Daniel Fager recovered blocked punt in end zone (kick failed).
RUSHING — Lyons: Logan Watson 8-58, Trent Poulsen 5-33, Kanyon Raper 2-5, Tanner Torello 1-7, John Hickman 2-5.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Lyons: Watson 1-3-0 5; Bowe Herman 1-1-0 8.
RECEIVING — Lyons: Torello 1-8; Zach Christiansen 1-5.