MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Coming off their first win of the season, the Lyon College football team built14-6 lead over Bacone College in the second quarter here at the Indian Bowl Saturday afternoon. But the Scots, who were playing without their top two tacklers and a vital player in the secondary, couldn't contain Warrior quarterback Trey Seward as the senior threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as Bacone won its first game of the season, defeating Lyon 34-21.
The setback kept the Scots winless on the road in the past two seasons, as they fell to 0-7 since restarting the program. Lyon fell to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in Central States Football League play. The Warriors improved to 1-3, 1-0 in conference.
Lyon linebackers Braydon Pender (FR/Thayer, Mo.) and DeAngelo Crawford (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.) missed the contest and their absence was evident. Pender was out with a sprained elbow and Crawford was out with an illness. The two had combined for 60 tackles in the Scots' first four games. Stephen Benedik (SO/Panama City, Fla.), an all-conference player a year ago, missed his second straight game in the secondary with a thumb injury.
Seward, who scored on the game's final play last season to defeat the Scots 37-35, had touchdown passes of 30, 10, 22 and seven yards for the Warriors, while adding a 10-yard scoring jaunt in the second quarter. He also completed a pair of two-point conversions and ran in another, finishing the game by completing 16 of 22 passes for 231 yards, while running for 23 yards.
Bacone running back Johnny Thomas led all ground gainers in the contest with 204 yard on 27 carries.
Lyon was outgained 492 to 277 in total yards, including 231 to 93 in the air and 261 to 184 on the ground. The Warriors averaged 8.2 yards per play, while Lyon picked up 4.6 per snap.
Lyon started off strong, scoring on a 38-yard keeper by sophomore quarterback Micah Wall (SO/Hooks, Texas) with 7:19 left in the opening quarter, capping a six-play, 81-yard drive. Osvaldo Espericueta (SO/Batesville, Ark.) added the point after and the Scots led 7-0. Wall finished his second start with 45 yards rushing on two carries, while completing 10 of 22 passes for 93 yards and a score.
The Warriors looked as if they were going to tie the game on their next drive, but the Lyon defense stiffened near the goal line and held Bacone on fourth-and-goal at the two.
Midway through the second quarter the Warriors pulled within one point when Seward connected with Antonio Wilson on a 30-yard scoring play that finished a seven-play, 60-yard march. The try for two failed, leaving Lyon on top, 7-6, with 6:06 left in the half.
Wall then connected with wide open Trent Webb (SO/Kingwood, Texas) on a 40-yard TD pass with 2:22 left in the period and the Scots' lead was stretched back to 14-6. Lyon drove 58 yards in six plays.
But Seward gave the Warriors momentum heading into the locker room at the break, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run with only 18 seconds on the clock. The drive was 82 yards in seven plays. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Lyon with a 14-12 lead at the half.
Seward hit Landon Byrd-Weaver with a 10-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to put the Warriors in front for the first time with 11:42 on the clock. Seward connected with Terrance Gray for the conversion and Bacone went ahead 18-14.
Lyon then took the kickoff and drove 66 yards in six plays. Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.), who led Lyon's ground attack with 94 yards on 19 carries, hit paydirt from 19 yards out with 8:47 remaining in the third quarter. Espericueta's kick gave Lyon the lead again, 21-18.
Bacone took the lead for good just 2:58 later when Seward combined with Wilson for their second touchdown, this one from 22 yards away. Seward scampered in for the two-point conversion and the Warriors led 26-21 with 5:49 left in the third.
Seward hit Thomas for a seven-yard touchdown pass with 6:12 remaining to close the scoring.
Wilson caught five passes for 128 yards to lead all receivers, while teammate Byrd-Weaver pulled in five or 50 yards. Joe Mahe (JR/Makawao, Hawaii) led the Lyon receivers with three catches for 14 yards. Bowles nabbed two for nine yards.
Lyon College will now return home for its next three games, hosting Southwest Assemblies of God University next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium. SAGU entered Saturday's play with a 1-2 season mark.
|Lyon College (1-4)||7||7||7||0||21|
|Bacone (Okla.) (1-3)||0||12||14||8||34|
|Lyon College||Indv. Leaders||Bacone (Okla.)|
|#25 Michael Bowles - 93||Rushing||#20 Johnny Thomas - 204|
|#5 Micah Wall - 93||Passing||#9 Trey Seward - 231|
|#12 Trent Webb - 40||Receiving||#6 Antonio Wilson - 128|
|Lyon College||Team Statistics||Bacone (Okla.)|