BATESVILLE, Ark. – Dwane Robinson (SO/Palm Bay, Fla.) returned from his two-game absence to score four touchdowns on the ground, while rushing for 156 yards, and completing 60% (12-of-20) of his passes for 118 yards and another score to lead Lyon College to its first-ever Central States Football League victory in grand fashion Saturday night here at Pioneer Stadium. The Scots (2-4, 1-1 CSFL) recorded their largest come-from-behind in school history, outscoring the Southwestern Assembly of God University (2-3, 0-1 CSFL) 28-7 in the fourth quarter and overtime to post the exciting 48-42 victory.
Lyon trailed 35-20 when SAGU scored on a 12-yard TD run by Ricky Bickham (16-138, 2 TDs) with 9:12 left in the third. But Robinson led a 13-play, 85-yard drive, as the Scots cut the deficit to 35-27 with 9:32 remaining. Robinson hit pay dirt from five yards out on a fourth-and-three situation.
SAGU scored its final points with 6:24 on the clock in the fourth on a 26-yard scoring toss from Lincoln Kenitzer (19-of-30 for 174 yards, TD) to Toras Hill (4-49) to expand the Lions' lead to 42-27. But it was all Lyon from that point as Robinson capped a five-play, 69-yard drive with a 26-yard scoring run with 4:11 on the clock to cut the deficit to 42-34.
On the first play after the Lyon kickoff, J.P. Lowery (19-114, 2 TD) coughed the ball up when he was hit by Sage Wood (SO/West Plains, Mo.) and Xavier Story (SO/Bushnell, Fla.) pounced on the ball on the SAGU 37. Robinson then found Jonathan Hendrix (SO/Batesville, Ark.) (2-14) for a six-yard scoring toss, and after a timeout, Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.) (pictured at left) bulled his way for the two-point conversion with 46 seconds remaining to knot the score at 42-42.
When the squads entered overtime, the Lions won the toss and elected to take the ball first. But SAGU netted minus-three yards on three plays and Wood blocked the 30-yard field goal.
It took Lyon just three plays to score. Bowles ran for nine yards, Jason Biddy (FR/Tuttle, Okla.) added four and Robinson weaved his way up the middle for a 12-yard TD run to end the contest.
"We've made a ton of progress with this team and it was great to see our guys finish what they started tonight," said an elated Lyon head coach Kyle Phelps after the game. "We were trailing for most of the game and had to come up with some stops to get the ball back and we were able to punch the ball it. It was a lot of fun.
"(SAGU) is a very quality team. They were 2-2 on the year coming into this game and are always a good conference program. And for us to get our first conference win was a huge step for our program. I couldn't be more proud of our guys."
Lyon moved into third place in the CSFL race and is just one game behind Bacone College (2-3, 2-0 CSFL) after the Warriors knocked off Texas College (0-4, 0-1 CSFL), 35-26, on Saturday. The Scots also trail second-place and defending league champion Arizona Christian University (2-2, 1-0 CSFL) by one-half game after the Firestorm knocked off Langston University (2-2, 0-1 CSFL), 34-10, on Saturday.
The Scots, who have only committed one turnover in their past three games, outgained the Lions 348-272 on the ground against a Lion front that averaged over 300 pounds. Robinson had a great supporting cast from Lyon running back Michael Bowles, who rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. He now has 765 yards in six games, averaging 127.5 yards per game and 7.1 yards per carry. Robinson carried the ball 21 times to lighten the load for Bowles.
"I think our conditioning is probably the best of anyone in our conference," Phelps added. "We work really hard on that. The guys on their (defensive) front are really big and carry a lot of weight. But the way we kept on pounding the ball was probably pretty tough on them.
"Anytime you can run the ball that well the credit has to go to the guys up front. I have nothing but praise for those guys. Mike (Bowles) didn't have a ton of yards in the first half (18), but he kept grinding. They took Mike away early, which gave Dwane a chance to run the ball (98 in the first half) and he did a great job.
"The big thing is we kept running the ball and Dwane managed the game well. We knew if we could get a stop or two we'd have a chance. And we got them near the end of the fourth quarter and then we did some things offensively. It was a good team win."
Bickham scored the first time the Lions touched the ball, bouncing in from four yards out after Kenitzer hit Justin Allen for a 51-yard gain.
Lyon kicker Osvaldo Espericueta (SO/Batesville, Ark.) put Lyon on the board with 9:10 left in the opening stanza with a 49-yard field goal, the longest of his career.
The Scots fell behind 21-3, but stayed within striking distance with a 72-yard scamper by Robinson with 3:37 left in the first half. Bickham closed a three-play 55-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown run, but Espericueta kicked a 21-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the third to trim the SAGU deficit to 28-13 at the break.
Bowles scored on a 48-yard run with 12:41 remaining in the third quarter to cut the Lion lead to 28-20, but SAGU widened the gap to 35-20 at the 9:12 mark of the third, setting the stage for the huge comeback.
DeAngelo Crawford (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.) led the Lyon defensive charge with 11 tackles, while Taylor Thibeau (SO/Kennedale, Texas) added 10 stops, including seven solo tackles. Christian Cain (SO/Huntsville, Ark.) and Cedric Cooney (SO/Lonoke, Ark.) each posted eight tackles, with Cain finishing with a quarterback sack.
WHAT'S UP NEXT FOR LYON
Lyon, which has won two of its last three games, will be at home next weekend to battle Texas College in the second of a three-game homestand at Pioneer Stadium. The Scots and Steers will square off at 3 p.m. After an open week on October 15, the Scots will host Arizona Christian University on October 22 in the Scots' 2016 Homecoming game. The kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
|SAGU (Texas) (2-3, 0-1 CSFL)||14||14||7||7||0||42|
|Lyon College (2-4, 1-1 CSFL)||3||10||7||22||6||48|
|SAGU (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Lyon College|
|#23 Ricky Bickham - 138||Rushing||#25 Michael Bowles - 161|
|#4 Lincoln Kenitzer - 174||Passing||#2 Dwane Robinson - 118|
|#5 Justin Allen - 56||Receiving||#12 Trent Webb - 46|
|SAGU (Texas)||Team Statistics||Lyon College|