Lyndon knocked out in close sub-state contest
OLPE – The Lyndon Tigers’ football team left everything on the field in a heart-stopping contest Friday at Olpe in the sub-state showdown, falling 12-14. It was anybody’s game, with the Tigers finding themselves on the verge of crossing the goal line on multiple occasions, but couldn’t convert on fourth down attempts.
Lyndon Tiger Luke Detwiler had another good game rushing for 88 yards on 20 attempts. Ethan Edington rushed for 49 yards on eight attempts. He also had a 68-yard touchdown reception thrown by Darian Massey. Massey scored the Tigers’ other touchdown on a 1-yard run. Massey was 8 for 14 passing for 178 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Toby Miller had five of the receptions for 102 yards.
The difference in the game came down to extra point attempts. After Edington’s receiving touchdown, the extra point kick attempt was blocked. The Tigers tried to recover from that block on the next extra-point attempt by going for two, but the pass failed.
With just over two minutes left in the game, the Tigers were trailing 12-14 with a first and goal from the five-yard line. After a penalty and three failed attempts at scoring, the Tigers attempted a go-ahead field goal from the 10-yard line. A mishandled exchange had the Tigers turning the ball over on downs, where Olpe was able to run out the clock.
“I was very proud of the way that our kids battled toward the end of the year, the last two games in particular,” Head Coach Scott Jones said. “They bought into the type of selfless mindset that makes good teams great. They were rewarded for the type of commitment and effort that they brought into our program. We had an outstanding set of leaders and mentors in this senior class. I am very proud of all of their individual accomplishments and accolades. They are all very much deserving. Our underclassmen will have to show the same amount of character and commitment this offseason for us to continue to find success.”