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Gambling, of course, is frowned upon in prep sports. That said, Lyons football coach Brandon Wilkes might have done well for himself had he wagered against his own odds.

Terming it “a longshot” to fill the void on his team’s schedule due to the decision of Class 1A Metro League rival Denver Christian to suspend its program this year, the Lions found a helping hand from the folks at Mead.

On Saturday, Oct. 4 Lyons will travel to Mead to take on the Mavericks’ JV team at 1 p.m. While it’s not a perfect solution — the tilt still will not be considered an official contest — it keeps the Lions busy and ensures the program will not completely lose a game for the second consecutive season.

“It’s still a good game for us to play and it’s good to fill that gap,” Wilkes said. “I was happy with it.”

Wilkes had expressed misgivings about the idea of using a nine-game average to determine his team’s wild card points for a potential playoff spot, a circumstance that nearly cost the Lions last year when the September floods reduced the 2013 schedule to nine games. But given that Lyons’ other rivals in the Metro League also will be hard-pressed to make up the void left by Denver Christian, chances are the entire conference will operate on a level playing field.

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