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No. 1-ranked L-S completes 8-0 regular season (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 29, 2017, 8:25 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

No. 1-ranked L-S completes 8-0 regular season

For the first time in 18 years, the Hawk football team finished the regular season undefeated. That’s after Lynnville-Sully shut out traditional rival Montezuma, 40-0, on the road last Friday, Oct. 20.

“Friday night's win was a historic way to finish our regular season,” said L-S Coach Mike Parkinson. “We challenged our players to end it right, but to keep the ball rolling as well for the playoffs. We are really proud of our regular season and are excited about the potential we have in the post season.”

Senior Drake Ehresman has an open path to the end zone during a touch-down run on Friday.

With 277 totals yards for the Hawks, L-S controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage and held Montezuma to only 120 total yards on the night.

The Hawks started off strong on the first drive, driving down and scoring a touchdown with an 11-yard pass from senior quarterback Elijah Collins to junior wide receiver Tyson Vander Linden. Senior Brevin Hansen’s extra point was good to make the score 7-0.

The Hawks went on to score two more touchdowns in the first half. Senior defensive back Carson Dunsbergen returned a 19-yard interception for a touchdown, and junior running back Evan Squires had an eight-yard touchdown run. Those two plays made it 21-0 going into halftime.

It’s a team effort as senior Brevin Hansen (front), junior Gage Vander Leest (left), and senior Sage Zylstra (right) take down a Brave.

After forcing a fumble on the first play of the second half, the Hawks drove down and scored on a three-yard touch-down run from senior Sage Zylstra.

To make it 33-0, junior running back Gage Vander Leest had a 48-yard touchdown run, and shortly before the third quarter ended, Collins had an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Drake Ehresman. Hansen’s extra point was good to make it 40-0.

The rushing attack was very spread out with Vander Leest leading the way with 63 yards. Squires had 33 yards, Zylstra contributed 32 yards, and junior Nate Stock ran for 31 yards.

Collins ended the night with 124 total passing yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Carson Dunsbergen (#21) takes off for the end zone after making his second interception of the night at Montezuma. He returned the first interception for a touchdown.

Senior Kemper Lukehart was the lead tackler with six tackles. Hansen and Squires each had four tackles. Zylstra, senior Jesse Van Wyk, and junior Grant Wehrle had three tackles each.

This is only the eighth time on record that L-S has gone undefeated in the regular season, dating back to 1959 when Walt Becker was the football coach.

The Hawks ended the regular season at 8-0 and earned themselves a first-round home playoff game – their first since 2012. This Friday, Oct. 27, they will face New London (6-2), whom they beat 20-14 earlier in the season.

“We are 3-1 at home since 2011 in the playoffs and 26-9 on our home turf in all games since 2011,” Parkinson said. “That's a pretty good winning percentage – it's because we defend our field, and the fans at home are awesome! We need them more than ever on Friday, so please come out, dress warm, and cheer on your Hawks to another win!”

Audio only of the playoff game will be available online at thecube.com/e/756032.

The winner of Friday’s game will play either Hudson or Pekin in the quarterfinal round on Nov. 3.

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