COLUMBIA, Ky. – As they did a year ago in the first meeting between the two schools, the Lyon College football team hung tough with nationally-ranked Lindsey Wilson College for two quarters. But the second half was another story as Blue Raider quarterback Dylan Beasley connected on 12-of-15 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the final two periods as No. 12 LWC pulled away from the Scots, 63-17, at Blue Raider Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Lyon (0-2) only trailed 21-10 at the half, scoring its points in the second quarter. At that point the Scots held the Blue Raiders (2-0) to 201 yards, while piling up 189 on offense. Lyon also did not turn the ball over in the first half and finished the game with only two, after suffering eight miscues in the opening week's 37-14 defeat at the hands of Wayland Baptist University.
But Beasley had the hot hand all night long and finished the game by connecting with 11 different receivers. He completed 68.8% of his passes (22-of-32) for 363 yards, three scores and one interception. Jay Gaudlock was his favorite target, hauling in seven aerials for 91 yards and a touchdown. Cedric Washington pulled in four for 86 yards and a score.
After winning the total yardage battle last week, the Scots came up short to the Blue Raiders. The Scots gained 126 yards on the ground and 109 through the air for 235 total yards and 3.8-yards per play average. Lindsey Wilson notched 174 yards on the ground and 382 in the airways for 556 total yards. LWC also had more first downs (28-15) than Lyon, but the Scots won the time of possession battle, 37:41 to 22:19.
For the second consecutive week Lyon quarterback Dwane Robinson (SO/Palm Bay, Fla.) completed over 50% of his passes. After completing 64% a week ago, Robinson connected on 11-of-19 (57.9%) against the Blue Raiders, throwing for 109 yards, one score and no interceptions. He has now completed 27-of-44 (61.4%) on the year for 249 yards.
Robinson's favorite target on Saturday was Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.). The senior running back pulled in three passes for 24 yards and an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Jonathan Hendrix (SO/Batesville, Ark.) caught two passes for 31 yards, Trent Webb (SO/Kingwood, Texas) also had a pair of receptions, totaling 30 yards, and Jason Biddy (FR/Tuttle, Okla.) was on the receiving end of two passes for eight yards.
Bowles also led the Lyon running game, picking up 75 tough yards on 17 carries. Robinson added 36 yards and a score on 15 attempts. Both players reached the century mark in the opening week of the season.
Jalen Sublett paced the Blue Raiders with 62 yards on seven carries, scoring a pair of touchdowns.
The Scots gave the Blue Raiders all they could handle for two and one-half quarters. After LWC took the opening kickoff and moved 62 yards in six plays for a 30-yard touchdown from Beasley to Washington, Lyon clamped down on defense and the score remained the same until the second quarter.
The Blue Raiders stretched the lead to 14-0 with seven-play, 53-yard drive that took 2:11 of the first and second quarters. Blake Ingleton hit pay dirt from the 20 with 9:50 left in the half.
But the Scots took the ensuing kickoff and marched 80 yards in 11 plays for their first touchdown. Robinson scored on a nine-yard keeper with 4:10 left in the half. Osvaldo Espericueta (SO/Batesville, Ark.) tacked on the point after.
Lindsey Wilson grabbed the momentum right back when Ingleton returned the kickoff 89 yards to the Lyon five. Sublett scored from five yards out on the next play with 3:47 on the second-quarter clock.
The Scots picked up some momentum going into the half when they drove 54 yards in 10 plays, moving in position for an Espericueta field goal. The sophomore nailed the 40-yarder with time expiring and Lyon was within 21-10 at the break.
Lyon cut the gap to 21-17 with 10:17 left in the third quarter. Cedric Cooney (SO/Lonoke, Ark.) set up the score by intercepting Beasley at the LWC 40 and returning it 25 yards. Robinson then hit Bowles for an 11-yard scoring connection and Lyon was within striking distance.
But Lindsey Wilson would go on to score the final 21 points of the third quarter and add 21 more in the fourth to pull away with the victory.
For the second week in a row Braydon Pender (FR/Thayer, Mo.) led the Lyon defensive attack. He tallied 10 tackles against LWC, totaling four solo stops. DeAngelo Crawford (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.) pitched in seven and Tre Hawkins (SO/Houston, Texas) (pictured above), Xavier Story (SO/Bushnell, Fla.), Cedric Cooney, Nick Bernier (SO/Sarasota, Fla.) and Tony Mascolino (SO/Sarasota, Fla.) each chipped in five tackles apiece.
The Scots will now return home to play their next two games. Lyon will host NCAA Division III Hendrix College next Saturday at 2 p.m. and then take on Morthland College on September 17 at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Pioneer Stadium.
|Lyon College (0-2)||0||10||7||0||17|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (2-0)||7||14||21||21||63|
|Lyon College||Indv. Leaders||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)|
|#25 Michael Bowles - 75||Rushing||#28 Jalen Sublett - 62|
|#2 Dwane Robinson - 109||Passing||#12 Dylan Beasley - 381|
|#80 Jonathan Hendrix - 31||Receiving||#15 Jay Gaudlock - 91|
|Lyon College||Team Statistics||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)|