BATESVILLE, Ark. – Somebody forgot to tell the Lyon College football team that it is only a second-year program. The Scots came out with another strong performance on Saturday afternoon here at Pioneer Stadium, outgaining Texas College 454 to 417, as Lyon won for the third time in its last four games, pounding the Steers, 35-21 before 1,821 fans.
The victory, combined with Wayland Baptist University's 26-20 win over Bacone College and Arizona Christian University's 29-22 triumph over Southwestern Assemblies of God University, vaulted the Scots into a three-way tie for second place in the Central States Football League chase. ACU (3-2, 2-0 CSFL) leads the trio by one-half game. Lyon (3-4, 2-1 CSFL), Wayland Baptist (4-1, 1-0 CSFL) and Bacone (2-4, 2-1 CSFL) are all one-half game back. The Scots have yet to play Arizona Christian and Wayland Baptist in conference play.
The Lyon offense rocked along again on Saturday, as two Lyon backs reached the century-mark for the fourth time this season. Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.) carried the ball 23 times for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the way. Bowles now has 915 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. He is averaging 7.0-yards per play and 130.7-yards per game. This was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and 12th in the last 18 games.
Dwane Robinson (SO/Palm Bay, Fla.) also was hard for the Steers to handle. He posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, picking up 134 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He also completed 9-of-19 passes for 142 yards, a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. Robinson has accumulated 522 yards rushing in just five games, averaging 104.4-yards per game. He has also completed 59-of-107 (55%) of his passes for 585 yards and four scores.
Bowles was the leading receiver for Lyon against Texas College. He hauled in four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Riley Caraway (SO/Batesville, Ark.) added a 56-yarder, finishing with two grabs for 60 yards and a four-yard scoring reception. Reace Kinley (FR/Bushnell, Fla.), Joe Mahe (JR/Makawao, Hawaii) and Trent Webb (SO/Kingwood, Texas) also had catches in the game.
Corey Sherman led the Steers' ground game with 167 yards and a score on nine rushes. Sean Stell, who split time at quarterback with Santonio Mapp, completed 10-of-21 passes for 109 yards.
Lyon rushed for 312 yards in the game, giving the Scots 2,027 yards on the ground this season, which breaks last year's final mark of 2,004, giving the Scots a new record.
Texas College ran the ball for 274 yards and added 143 through the air.
The Scots only turned the ball over one time in the contest, giving Lyon only two turnovers in their last four games.
Lyon never relinquished the lead in this game, taking a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Robinson hit Bowles for a 43-yard connection to culminate a four-play, 43-yard drive. Osvaldo Espericueta (SO/Batesville, Ark.) added the point after to put the Scots on top with 25 seconds gone in the second quarter.
Texas College tied the game, 7-7, with 11:34 left in the half when Sherman ran in a 45-yard touchdown. Markese Denmon booted the PAT.
Lyon took the lead for good when Robinson threw a four-yard pass to Caraway in the left flat just 15 seconds before intermission. Lyon led 14-7 at the break.
The Scots added another touchdown in the third quarter, driving 83 yards in six plays. Bowles hit pay dirt from five yards out with 8:27 remaining in the third, giving Lyon a 21-7 advantage.
After a Texas College score with 13:50 left in the contest to trim the Lyon lead to 21-14, Bowles capped a five-play, 54-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown with 10:43 on the clock to push the lead back to 28-14.
The Steers once again cut the Lyon lead to seven when Stell scored from five yards out with 3:17 on the clock, and the Scots' lead was now 28-21.
But Robinson scored the clinching touchdown with 1:00 on the clock when he slipped through the Texas College defense for an 18-yard touchdown.
Stephen Benedik (SO/Panama City, Fla.) and Xavier Story (SO/Bushnell, Fla.) each had an interception for the Lyon defense, while DeAngelo Crawford (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.) led the Scots with 14 tackles. Benedik added 12 in his first game back after a three-game absence.
WHAT'S UP NEXT FOR LYON
Lyon will enjoy an open week on October 15, and then will host defending CSFL champion and current conference leader Arizona Christian on October 22 in the Scots' 2016 Homecoming game. The kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
|Texas College (0-5, 0-2 CSFL)||0||7||0||14||21|
|Lyon College (3-4, 2-1 CSFL)||0||14||7||14||35|
|Texas College||Indv. Leaders||Lyon College|
|#5 Corey Sherman - 167||Rushing||#25 Michael Bowles - 150|
|#11 Sean Stell - 109||Passing||#2 Dwane Robinson - 142|
|#1 Phillip Callier - 55||Receiving||#19 Riley Caraway - 60|
|Texas College||Team Statistics||Lyon College|