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LYNDON—Lyndon Head Coach Rod Stallbaumer knew prior to the season that the Tigers’ postseason path would lead them to Centralia. Lyndon saw the end of that path as they took on a battle-proven Centralia, losing 69-21.
“We knew it would take our best game to have a chance,” Stallbaumer said. “Clearly, we didn’t play our best game (that) night.”
The Panthers laid down two 27-point quarters end route to a 54-0 lead at the half, cruising to the 48-point win in the final quarter.
“Centralia is a very good football team and they were able to dominate the line of scrimmage all night,” Stallbaumer said. “I think that our kids’ effort was good, we just were not used to the speed at which Centralia executes, both offensively and defensively.”
The Tigers had just one potential scoring drive in the first half that ended with a blocked field goal attempt. Lyndon managed three touchdowns in the second half on short runs by Joe Walsh, Josh Owens and Gaige Brecheisen. Thore Pieper punctuated each with extra point kicks.
By the numbers, Centralia dominated. The Panthers scored 10 touchdowns, six of which came on big plays. Centralia rushed for 542 yards, attempting just one pass.
Lyndon put up respectable numbers, moving the ball 284 yards with 246 rushing yards and 39 passing yards. Josh Owens led the Tigers with 92 yards on 14 carries, setting a host of school records.
“Josh became the first player in Lyndon history to rush for over 2,000, finishing with 2,020 yards on the season, 176 carries and 26 touchdowns,” Stallbaumer said.
Owens holds the records for touchdowns and yards in a season, as well as single-game rushing yards (329), total offense in a season (2,221) and career rushing yards (3,446), along with the No. 2 spot for career touchdowns (47) behind former teammate Nick Walsh.
Shawn Black led the Tigers with 11 tackles against Centralia; Dawson Swinehart had 7. Joe Walsh was 6 for 12 passing for 33 yards, with 58 rushing yards. Gaige Brecheisen was 1 for 2 passing and rushed for 6 yards.
The Tigers ended the year with an 11-1 record as league, district, regional and sectional champions.
“I’m very proud of this football team,” Stallbaumer said. “They worked hard all season, battled through adversity, did everything that was asked of them and had a great year.”
The Tigers’ nine seniors complete their careers with a 37-6 record, including 2 sectional championships, 2 regional championships, 2 district championships and 4 Flint Hills League championships.
“This year’s senior class of Cameron Woodruff, Dylan Dow, Joe Walsh, Gaige Brecheisen, Josh Owens, Jonathan Frye, Phillip Wendling, Garrett Fitch and James Burkett had a very good career and finished as the winningest class in Lyndon history,” Stallbaumer said. “They have been instrumental in setting the bar at Lyndon. They have proven to be great football players but even better young men, and are going to be missed.”
Centralia 27 27 7 8 — 69
Lyndon 0 0 14 7 — 21
First Downs 15 12
Rushes–Yards 39-245 34-542
Passes Comp-Att-Int 7-14-0 0-1-0
Passing Yards 39 0
Total Yards 284 542
Punts–Avg 4-25.3 2-27.5