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L-S Dome dreams dashed in quarterfinals (Hometown Press article)

posted Nov 11, 2017, 9:59 AM by webmaster@lshawks.org

L-S Dome dreams dashed in quarterfinals

Lynnville-Sully’s dreams of making it to the UNI-Dome were dashed last Friday, Nov. 3, in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs when they suffered a 30-0 shutout to Hudson. Playing in Pirate territory, the Hawks experienced their first loss of the year at the hands of undefeated Hudson, ranked No. 3 in Class A.

“It was a heartbreaker – we were wanting to make sure our season ended in the UNI-Dome, but we fell short,” said L-S Head Coach Mike Parkinson. “It was not the fault of the guys, (rather) mostly the fact that we ran into our greatest competition of the season.”

Senior Brevin Hansen finds some open space to run in Friday’s game at Hudson.

Hudson struck quickly with two touchdowns in the first quarter to put them in the lead 13-0. L-S, on the other hand, was unable to get anything going on the ground or in the passing game throughout the cold night.

“We didn't play our absolute best, but that is okay because our guys didn't give up and kept fighting to stay in the game,” Parkinson said.

The Hawks managed only 69 total yards of offense compared to Hudson's 495 total offensive yards. Hudson found most of their yards on the ground with two guys rushing over 100 yards. L-S, known throughout the season for its strong rushing attack, only managed two yards of rushing offense.

Senior Elijah Collins completed eight of 21 passes for 67 yards. Senior Brevin Hansen caught three of those passes for 34 yards. Junior Tyson Vander Linden also caught three passes for a total of 21 yards.

Senior Carson Dunsbergen carries the ball with protection from junior Nate Stock (#24).

“It was tough losing this game knowing we were so close to a lot of dreams coming true,” Hansen said. “This has been a fun season, and we have nothing to hang our heads about. We did a lot of good things this year and even made school history having an undefeated regular season.”

On defense, senior Carson Dunsbergen led the Hawks with 12 solo tackles and one assisted tackle. Senior Kemper Lukehart, Vander Linden, and junior Grant Wehrle all had four solo tackles. Hansen had an interception that he returned for 24 yards.

Junior Rylan James had nine punts in the game, averaging 39 yards per punt with his longest being 48 yards.

The loss brings the exciting 2017 season to a close for the Hawks, who finish the season with a 9-1 record.

Juniors Rylan James and Evan Squires team up to take down a Hudson Pirate in the state quarterfinal game last week.

“I'm proud of our guys,” said   Parkinson. “They've been a lot of fun to coach this year and previous years, and our accomplishments will not be measured by any one game, but by the entire collection of our efforts, attitudes, and growth as young men. We've come so far in recent years, and we are one step away...this group has helped build this program into a post-season mainstay.”

As the winner on Friday, Hudson will now play at the UNI-Dome against Saint Ansgar in the semifinals this Friday, Nov. 10. The victor will play either West Sioux or St. Albert - Council Bluffs in the state championship game on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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