LYONS — In a game dominated by the Larned High School defense, the Indians spoiled the Homecoming of the Lyons Lions 33-7.
The first quarter was dominated by a complete refusal of the Larned defense to let Lyons get anything going.
On Larned’s second possession of the first quarter, the Indians moved the ball to the Lyons 28-yard line, and with 6:21 remaining, Jeromy Bartz broke free for a 28-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play. Following the kick by David Valadez, the Indians led 7-0.
On the next three possessions, Lyons had trouble hanging onto the football and fumbled three times.
Following the second fumble, the Larned offense was able to move the ball close to the goal line, and with 5:12 remaining, quarterback Evan Skelton rambled for a 2-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
The third fumble of the second quarter proved costly for Lyons as Larned again converted with only 1:27 remaining before halftime .
A failed conversion kick by Valadez left the score at 20-0 at halftime and a frustrated Lyons offense retreated to the locker room to try to figure out how to get their offense moving.
In the third quarter, Larned went on one of their few long, sustained drives capped by a 5-yard run by Skelton, giving the Indians had a strong hold on the outcome of the game at 27-0.
Following a long kickoff return by Lyons, quarterback Edwards scampered 16 yards and the Lyons offense finally put some points on the board to make it 27-7.
With just seven ticks on the clock left in the third quarter, Larned tight end Tyler Stelter made a diving catch in the end zone to complete a 17-yard pass from quarterback Trey Kraisinger and the Larned Indians closed out the scoring for the evening at 33-7.
It was a frustrating night for the Lyons’ offense as the stout Larned defense continually turned them back.
The Lions were able to generate less than 100 yards of total offense for the entire ball game.
Larned had another fine night of rushing the football behind running backs Jeromy Bartz and Landon Erway as the team rushed 47 times for a total of 251 yards.
Kraisinger had a good night as he completed 10 passes out of 15 attempts for 114 yards.
The only blemish by Larned was in the area of penalties as the Indians were penalized 13 times for 104 yards.
Lyons fell to 0-5 on the season and will look for their first victory of the season next week as they travel to Hillsboro.
Larned, meanwhile, moved their record to 3-2 and following Hoisington’s victory over Kingman, moved into a first-place tie with Hoisington and Kingman in the West division of the Central Kansas League.
Each team has one league loss.
Larned will tangle next Friday with Haven in a Central Kansas League game at Haven.