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Football rewind: Lyons getting familiar with 8-man play

Lions collect a win in Week 2; Veve, Bridwell eating up yards in chunks

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After serving as a wide receiver on offense in past years, Skyline’s Grayden Bridwell is averaging 9 yards per carry as a running back so far in 2020.
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Truly, trying to revamp a team’s systems this particular offseason must have been as easy to grasp as a greased pig.

Given that team workouts were limited for prep football because of the fears of the spread of COVID-19, as the Lyons Lions converted from 11-man to 8-man for the current two-year cycle, the hurdles were enormous. But after two weeks of play, the Lions are 1-1 and are looking more like a team that can pack a punch.

Such was the case in a 52-8 win over Denver Christian in Week 2 of this shortened season. Lyons, coming off a 30-6 loss to Pikes Peak Christian in which it was limited to 23 rushing yards, managed to control the clock in a decisive manner in this most recent matchup over the Thunder. Senior quarterback Sean Stevelinck kept DC on its heels, proving capable of hitting receivers downfield and tucking and running (often by design) with open field in his vision.

Stevelinck ran for 220 yards on 18 carries and threw for 126 more yards, and Frank Percarpio’s 72 yards and a pair of scores helped LHS put the game away early. Freshman Maregu Sullivan flashed some speed in receiving and special teams, and Camden Adams also added 52 yards on just two carries.

The defensive effort so far for Lyons can’t be dismissed. After surrendering 42 points a game last season, the 38 they’ve allowed in eight quarters in a much more offense-heavy style of the game suggests the roster is a bit deeper and eager to make up for some down years on the gridiron.

Lyons takes on South Park (0-2) on Friday, presenting a strong opportunity to surpass last season’s win total.

Point-hoarding pair

Taking advantage of the same two teams so far this year, the Erie Tigers and Skyline Falcons have been scoring at a feverish pace in 2020 — each team has already surpassed 100 points in just eight quarters of play. With Greeley West and Silver Creek as their common opponents, the Tigers and Falcons have simply crushed the ground game.

Specifically, Mason Veve of EHS and Grayden Bridwell of SHS have gotten off to tremendous starts. Veve has just 18 carries on the season but already sees himself second in all of Colorado 11-man football with 460 yards — adding six total touchdowns, five of which came in a Friday night win over SCHS. For Bridwell, a still-stellar 9 yards-per-carry so far in 2020 has him already with 371 yards on just 41 touches out of the backfield. Bridwell’s performance is commendable considering he was a wide receiver in previous years on offense.

Bridwell isn’t the only Skyline player that has found some success on the ground, as quarterback Chase Silva is on pace for more rushing yards and rushing touchdowns than his previous two seasons combined.

Opposite ends of classic finishes

The Mead Mavericks and Legacy Lightning both found themselves in the midst of separate 1-point decisions this past week, and unfortunately it only turned out good for one of them.

Legacy took a 21-20 win over Horizon Friday night, stopping a 2-point conversion in the waning moments of play after HHS’ Xavier Harris had connected with Will Taggert on a 39-yard TD pass. Braelon Tate was at it again, scoring all three Legacy touchdowns on the ground in the win. The Lightning are 2-0 and will look for their third win Thursday against Prairie View.

Meanwhile, Mead was in a tussle against Roosevelt up in Johnstown and very similar circumstances surrounded the game with a 2-point attempt ultimately deciding the outcome. After watching Roosevelt go up 21-14 in the first overtime period of the instant classic, Mead responded with a score on just one play from scrimmage during its lone possession. Head coach Jason Klatt had his Mavericks attempt a 2-point conversion in overtime with a chance to win the game, and RHS was up to the task of stopping it for the 21-20 win.

Given a chance to do it again, the money’s on Klatt to always go for the win. The Mavericks, however, will look to put Fort Morgan away a little earlier Friday at MHS.

Notable

Holy Family’s Trevin Johnson had a 97-yard run against Lewis-Palmer as part of a 273-yard game on Friday. His 13.7 yards per carry is ninth in Colorado 11-man football among players with at least 10 touches so far. … Fairview’s Jay Barry and Holy Family’s Justin Trostel each have three interceptions through two games. … Your Colorado passing yards leader through two games? Longmont’s Keegan Patterson, with 701 after his 34-for-38, 442-yard outing against Monarch last week.