Hillsboro traveled to Lyons Friday with the hope of claiming its first win in a matchup of winless CKL teams. But it was the home team that enjoyed the taste of victory, handily defeating the Trojans, 39-6, on homecoming night.
Lyons appeared to score on its first possession when Drake Link zig-zagged through the middle of the Hillsboro defense and into the end zone from 68 yards out. However, the score was negated temporarily by a penalty, then snuffed out entirely when Hillsboro?s Braden Vogt intercepted a Lyons pass just inside the end zone.
With the touchback, Hillsboro took over on its 20-yard line, but three plays later quarterback Kaden Kleiner fumbled a snap and Lyons recovered the ball at the Hillsboro 43. Two plays later, Link dashed into the end zone from 33 yards out for a legitimate touchdown.
Lyons used the quickness of its backfield to roll up yardage, with some help from occasional mistakes by the Trojans — including a safety on the last play of the first quarter when Kleiner was tackled in his own end zone while scrambling to pass.
Lyons returned Hills?boro?s free kick, then drove to the Trojan 3-yard line before settling for a 20-yard field goal by Jordan Cedeno with 9:44 left in the half for a 12-0 lead.
Hillsboro struck back quickly after Evan Ollen?burger returned the kickoff to the Trojan 45. On the next play, Kleiner darted up the middle of the Lions? defense for a 55-yard touchdown with 9:23 to play. Lyons stopped a two-point conversion pass to Evan Ollenburger short of the goal line to keep the score at 12-6.
Unfortunately, Hillsboro?s momentum was short lived. Lyons started its next possession at its 35-yard line after Hillsboro?s kickoff skirted out of bounds. One play later, quarterback Tyler Edwards water-bugged his way into the end zone for a 65-yard score. Cedeno missed the kick, but Lyons led 18-6 with 9:05 to play in the half.
After the two teams traded turnovers, Lyons covered 84 yards in four plays ? including runs of 41 and 31 yards by Blaine Shea for the score. Cedeno?s kick made it 25-6 with 2:26 left in the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Lyons launched a 14-play, 85-yard drive that ended when Link scored from 10 yards out with 22 seconds left in the quarter. Cedeno added the PAT for a 32-6 lead.
Kleiner suffered two end-zone interceptions in the fourth quarter, both at the hands of Shea. The Lions went on to score the game?s final touchdown when Lyons lineman Kelsey Kroetsch recovered teammate Tristan Heath?s fumble as he crossed the goal line with 1:32 left in the game, capping a 12-play, 51-yard drive.
The loss dropped the Trojans? record to 0-6 for the season while Lyons improved to 1-5. District play begins next Friday when Hillsboro plays host to Hesston, who improved to 5-1 Friday with a 14-7 win over Pratt.