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Week-one win kicks off L-S football season (Hometown Press article)

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:58 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Week-one win kicks off L-S football season

For the third year in a row, the Lynnville-Sully football team opened its season with a win. The Hawks were on the road at Colfax-Mingo on Friday, Aug. 25, and led the Tigerhawks the whole game, coming out on top 49-17.

L-S Coach Mike Parkinson was pleased with the things he saw the Hawks doing on both sides of the game.

Senior Kemper Lukehart tackles Colfax-Mingo’s senior quarterback, Reegan Van Dyke.

“It was a great night for our Hawks as we demonstrated and took pride in our Blue and Gold,” he said. “We got off to a quick start thanks to our aggressive defense and our attacking offense. We scored four times early in the half, helping us build a lead that would help put away Colfax-Mingo.”

The first quarter started out slow with both teams scoreless until less than two minutes left when L-S senior Brevin Hansen ran the ball in for the first touchdown of the night. The PAT was no good, but the Hawks had some fire under their bellies.

Less than a minute later, senior Elijah Collins connected with junior Tyson Vander Linden for a 21-yard pass in the end zone. The PAT was successful, and the Hawks led 13-0 after the first quarter.

Following a touchdown from C-M, L-S answered back with two of their own. One was run in by junior Nate Stock and the other by Vander Linden. Both PAT’s were completed.

Colfax narrowed the margin with a field goal late in the second quarter. The Hawks went into the second half leading 27-10.

Nate Stock powers down the field in the game against Colfax-Mingo. The junior ran the ball twice for 32 yards and a touchdown.

In the third quarter, a Hawks drive stalled deep in C-M territory, but the L-S defense held C-M for a single punt, allowing Gage Vander Leest to return a 31-yard punt for a touchdown. The two-point PAT run by senior Sage Zylstra was good.

With 5:01 left in the third, Vander Leest ran one yard for another touchdown, followed by another successful PAT kick by Hansen. The Hawks were up 43-10.

The final score of the night for the L-S boys came with a 3-yard run from junior Evan Squires with 9:08 left in the third. The PAT was no good.

C-M managed to score one more time with 54 seconds left on the clock. Their PAT went through the uprights to give them a final score of 17.

“I thought we played together and for each other,” Parkinson noted about the game. “We had a lot of guys step up and play positions that were new for them this year, and our leadership held strong as the game went on. There were a lot of positives coming from the game, most of which also pointed toward finding new ways to improve.”

Defensively, the Hawks were led by Zylstra, with eight tackles, two of those for negative yardage, and a quarterback sack. Behind him with five tackles were Squires and senior Carson Dunsbergen.

The L-S offense was led by a balanced rushing attack. Squires carried the ball 12 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and Zylstra 11 times for 56 yards. Vander Leest rushed 45 yards on six carries and Stock had 32 yards on two carries.

Collins completed six passes in 12 attempts, totaling 47 yards. On the receiving end, Hansen had four catches for 23 yards and Vander Linden had one for 21 yards and a touchdown.

L-S cheerleaders lined up and ready to cheer on the Hawks to victory are, from left, Taylor Maasdam, Andrea Bogaard, Courtney Gannaway, Dylann Huyser, Kennedy Roland, Berta Ciruelos, Megan Lu, and Maddeline Mintle.