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5-0 L-S football easily handles W-MU, 48-0 (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 1, 2017, 1:31 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

5-0 L-S football easily handles W-MU, 48-0

The Lynnville-Sully football team delivered its second straight shutout on the road at Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday, Sept. 23. After defeating the Wolves 48-0, the now 5-0 Hawks have outscored their opponents 257-38 this season.

In Winfield, the Hawks had a good night on defense, offense, and special teams.

“We came out slow, throwing an interception on the first offensive drive of the game,” said senior Brevin Hansen. “Then Jesse [Van Wyk] had the pick six on the next drive and that turned the game around, and we kept up a fast pace for the rest of the night.”

Junior Gage Vander Leest puts a hard hit on Winfield-Mount Union’s quarterback.

Junior Evan Squires takes off on a touchdown run against the Winfield-Mount Union Wolves. Squires had two rushing touchdowns last Friday.

All the scoring happened in the first half, and the Hawks scored from both sides of the ball with two interceptions returned for touchdowns – one by Van Wyk and one by junior Gage Vander Leest. L-S scored twice through the air and three times on the ground.

The Hawks had 154 rushing yards on 23 carries against W-MU’s 28 carries for 52 yards. The L-S boys completed half of their passes, going four-of-eight with 78 yards in the passing game. WMU went five-of-16 through the air with 24 yards.

Leading the rushing game for the Hawks was junior Gage Vander Leest with 57 yards on three carries for one touchdown. Junior Evan Squires rushed for 18 yards with two carries and two touchdowns. Senior Elijah Collins completed 75 percent of his passes, going three-for-four for 71 yards and two touchdowns. One of his passes was to junior Tyson Vander Linden for a 51-yard touchdown, and one was to senior Drake Ehresman for a 15-yard touchdown completion.

The Hawks had 232 total yards and held W-MU to only 76 total yards. Hansen led the team in tackles with four. Senior Tanner Foster had the only sack of the night. Foster, Squires, sophomore Zane Fraker, juniors Grant Wehrle and Nate Stock, and seniors Carson Dunsbergen and Jesse Van Wyk all had three tackles.

“Offense sells tickets, defense wins games,” said L-S Coach Mike Parkinson. “Add special teams, and a championship can follow. We are starting to live that philosophy.”

The undefeated Hawks will host 6-0 Pekin for their homecoming game this Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.

“We are excited about this week's opportunity versus Pekin to play a great team and prove ourselves in all three phases of the game,” Parkinson said.

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