RAPID CITY, S.D. (Lyon College) – After turning the ball over only three times in its first three games, the LyonCollege suffered through a fumble, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal in the first half Saturday night, finishing the game with four turnovers that were turned into 14 points in a 51-10 setback to South Dakota School of Mines & Technology here at O’Harra Stadium.
A bright spot in the contest was the play of Lyon wide receiver Nick Hinkley, who caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Scot running back Michael Bowles had another productive night carrying the pigskin. He finished with 83 yards on 19 rushes. Tanner Stevenson had his best night throwing the ball for Lyon, with 94 yards on 7-of-12 passing.
Dwane Robinson completed 5-of-12 for 70 yards and a score.
SDSM&T finished with 482 total yards, with 352 coming on the ground and 130 more coming through the air. Lyon accumulated 306 yards, with 142 coming on rushing plays and 164 through the air.
The Hardrockers (3-1) took advantage of Lyon (0-4) mistakes early on to build a 27-0 at the end of the opening period. SDSM&T turned its first possession into a touchdown, driving 52 yards in just four plays, while taking 1:11 of the clock to break on top, 6-0. The try for a two-point conversion failed.
The Scots picked up a pair of first downs on their next series, but were forced to punt. Osvaldo Espericueta’s kick was blocked by SDSM&T’s Will Zolan and he picked up the loose ball and returned it 18 yards or the touchdown. Robbie Joe Gerarden’s point after was true and the Hardrockers owned a 13-0 lead with 9:39 left in the opening period.
Disaster struck for Lyon on its next drive, when Dwane Robinson was hit on the first play of the drive while looking to pass. Robinson fumbled the ball on a hit by Isaiah Ashby. Ashby also recovered the ball. Two plays later Trent McKinney found Elijah Balavitch for a four-yard scoring toss in the left side of the endzone and suddenly SDSM&T had a 20-0 lead with 9:05 still remaining in the first quarter.
Lyon picked up one first down on its next drive before punting. The Hardrockers, who didn’t punt in the first half, moved 73 yards in eight plays for their fourth score of the period. McKinney hit Zach Huber for a 39-yard score.
The Scots moved in position for a field goal attempt early in the second quarter, but Espericueta’s 41-yard attempt sailed wide right. It only took three plays for SDSM&T to hit paydirt again, as Anthony Wright ran in from 38 yards out and the Hardrockers had stretched their lead to 34-0.
After South Dakota School of Mines Technology built its lead to 41-0, the Scots got on the board with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Hinkley caught a 42-yard scoring toss while speeding down the left sideline. Robinson hit him in stride, and with 6:33 left in the half, the Scots had cut the lead to 41-7.
The Hardnockers would add another touchdown before the break, and then blocked a 46-yard Espericueta field goal to end the period.
SDSM&T would add a 22-yard field goal by Gerarden in the third quarter after a 12-play, 66-yard drive and the Sc,ots would put three more points on the board on a 47-yard Espericueta kick with two seconds remaining.
Stephen Benedik and Cole Duvall led the Lyon defense, with 15.5 combined tackles. Benedik produced seven solo stops and eight total tackles, while Duvall recorded 7.5 tackles, including six solos. Jason Ellis picked up 6.5 tackles
Lyon will now open Central States Football action next Saturday at home, taking on BaconeCollege at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.