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This summer, will take an early look at each area football team ahead of the fall season and in this installment, we look at the Lyons Lions.

When it comes to high school football, sometimes all a team needs is a little experience under its belt.

Lyons football learned that lesson during the 2021 season when the Lions put together their first winning season since 2014 with a record of 5-4. This time around, they even put together some monster wins, including a 66-0 beatdown of South Park during their last game of the season.

This year, they look to improve upon that success, and the squad thinks it has the right recipe to do just that. The boys will have a few leaders to lean on as the season gets underway.

The stalwart

Juniors Maregu Sullivan and Finn Oetting. No other players on the team amassed as many yards as Sullivan and Oetting in 2021, and the two look to improve upon those numbers for the upcoming fall season. Sullivan, a wide receiver, racked up 1,173 all-purpose yards as he took reps on rushing, receiving, kickoff returns and punt returns. “He has great vision and quickness that places him among the best in the league,” head coach Jason Yantzer said. “His instincts and football IQ make him a force both offensively and defensively.” Oetting, too, showed his versatility as he accrued 1,287 yards with all the same responsibilities that fell on Sullivan’s shoulders. “He is a quick, hard-nosed running back that inspires our team to play at a higher level,” Yantzer said. “He also carries the load as our punter as well as our kicker with a tremendous leg to help in field position situations.”

Star in the making

Junior Miles Dumbauld. Dumbauld stepped up as a sophomore to take over a vacant quarterback position for the Lions and showed promise with 375 passing yards on 38 completions with a quarterback rating of 97.7. Now a year older and wiser, the Lions will rely on him to lead the team even further in the win column as he utilizes his new knowledge. “He has a much better understanding of the offense as well as a deeper understanding of his position that transfers onto the field,” Yantzer said. “He is an emerging leader of this team and has prepared himself to help carry that load throughout the year.”

Solidifying a presence

After finding success in 2021, the Lions entered the offseason more motivated and hungry than before. Since they last took to the field for competition, the boys have hit the weight room harder and scoured the playbook with much more focus. It’s already paying off. “We attended the team contact camp at Western Colorado University this past June and fared well against some formidable teams, which created more confidence in themselves and what the team can accomplish this upcoming season,” Yantzer said. “We are excited to get the season rolling and to reap the benefits of our hard work for the past few years.”

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