Lyon offense struggles in 47-7 loss

Lyon offense struggles in 47-7 loss

WAXAHACHIE, TX (LYON COLLEGE) – Southwest Assemblies of God turned two Lyon College turnovers into 14 of the Lions' 20 first-half points Saturday afternoon as the Lions were able to slow down the Scots and take a 47-7 victory here at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium.

The Scots (0-6, 0-2 CSFL), who set a program record for offensive yards a week ago when they produced 427 yards in a 37-35 setback to Bacone College, could never get on track against the Lions, and were limited to a season-low 181 yards and only 3.2 yards per play.

Lyon's defense hung tough most of the afternoon in 'bend-but-don't-break' situations, keeping the Scots in the contest into the third quarter and held SAGU to field goals on four of its drives. The Lions finished with 482 yards, with a large portion of it coming in the second half after picking up 195 yards before the break.

Junior running back Michael Bowles once again led the Lyon ground attack, picking up 80 yards on 24 carries. Red-shirt freshman quarterback Dwane Robinson added 68 yards on only five carries, including a 62-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter.

With the victory, SAGU (5-1) stayed tied atop the Central States Football League standings, with Arizona Christian University (2-3). Both teams are now 2-0 in league play, after ACU, a second-year program and a first-year CSFL squad, outlasted Langston University (2-3), 55-52.

Bacone College is one-half game back in the standings at 1-0, while Langston sits at 0-1, Wayland Baptist (3-3) is 1-1 in conference, after blanking Texas College (0-5), 24-0. Texas College is 0-2 in CSFL action.

Southwest Assemblies of God quarterback C.J. Collins had a hot arm throwing the football. He connected on a blistering 20-of-29 (69%) for 189 yards and a pair of scores. Xavier Pittman, Chaz Moncriffe and Shakeel Jones each hauled in three passes. Pittman led the trio in yardage, with 71 yards, while Moncriffe tallied 46 yards. Thirteen different Lions caught passes in the game.

Trip Reed led Lyon in receptions, with a pair of catches for 15 yards.

The Scots' 26 yards passing was a season-low, while the four interceptions by Lyon quarterbacks was a season high. Lyon gained 155 yards on the ground, while SAGU, which held a distinct advantage in time of possession, gained 293 of its yardage on the ground and 189 in the air.

Lyon, which lost the turnover battle, 4-0, started the game with one, when Dwane Robinson's pass on first down was picked off by Shakeem Taylor. But the Lyon defense held, not allowing a first down.

SAGU moved into position for a field goal later in the period. After driving 43 yards in 13 plays, Chadd Dearen kicked a 44-yard field goal with 5:45 left in the opening quarter.

On their next drive, the Lions drove 42 yards in 10 plays, but the Scots' defense held, and Dearen added a 47-yard field goal for a 6-0 advantage with six seconds left in the period.

The Lions turned a Tanner Stevenson interception into points. SAGU only had to move 18 yards for the score. Collins hit Levi Derry for a 14-yard touchdown with 12:39 on the clock and a 13-0 advantage.

Three plays after the ensuing kickoff, Robinson's pass in the left flat deflected off the hands of Reed, and Carl Morgan intercepted the pass and returned it 25 yards for the score. Suddenly SAGU owned a 20-0 lead, which the Lions took in the locker room at the half.

A 53-yard pass play set up the Lions next score, as the teams started the third quarter. SAGU moved in for the touchdown, and SAGU stretched its lead to 27-0.

The Scots were stopped on fourth down on their next drive, and the Lions moved 83 yards in nine plays to stretch the lead to 34-0, with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter.

SAGU added a 35-yard field goal on its next drive, and later produced a 22-yard field goal to go ahead 40-0.

Robinson put the Scots on the board with 9:31 left in the contest with his 62-yard jaunt. The Lyon drive was 75 yards in three plays, cutting the deficit to 40-7.

The Lions would score an insurance touchdown with 3:11 on the clock, driving 61 yards in 12 plays. Jones scored from one yard out.

Lyon's Tristan Dickinson was the game's top tackler with 14, including five solo stops. Jason Ellis was second in tackles, with 12, while Dexter Deese and Carr Hill produced eight apiece.

The Scots will be back on the road next weekend, traveling to Phoenix, Arizona to take on Arizona Christian University on Saturday at 9 p.m. CST.