No. 13 Lions hold off Scots’ upset bid

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LANGSTON, Okla. – The Lyon College football team looked to hand No. 13 Langston its first Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) loss of the season, but the Lions used a 28-3 halftime lead to hold off the Scots’ upset bid and held on for a 48-21 victory over the Scots on Saturday at W.E. Anderson Stadium.  

Lyon fell to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the SAC following the loss, while Langston improved to 6-1 overall and remains unbeaten in the SAC at 6-0.

The Scots held their own against one of the top teams in the nation in the early part of the game, but a pair of big throws from the Lions’ quarterback, Jaylen Lowe, midway through the first quarter put Langston in scoring position. Lowe completed a 14-yard pass to Barry Handy Jr. before following it up with another 14-yard pass to Isaiah Shaputis to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.

Lyon completed a scoring drive of its own to cut the deficit in half on its first possession of the second quarter. A screen pass from Spencer Childress to Jared Puamau went for 19 yards and put the Scots deep inside Langston territory. Ignacio Gomez capped the drive with a 23-yard field goal to cut the Langston lead to 6-3 with 11:21 left in the half.

Langston found its groove following the Gomez field goal and ended the half with 22-unanswered points to take a 28-3 lead into the break.

A Langston fumble opened up the second half as the Scots took advantage with another scoring drive. History was made on the drive as Ignacio Gomez converted on a 39-yard field goal. The field goal made Gomez the program’s all-time leader in career points with 124 as he passed Michael Bowles (2015-16), who finished his career with 122 total points.

The Scots surprised the Lions with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Gomez and gave Lyon great field position to start the drive. After a five-yard scamper by Childress, he connected with Jacquez Parker on a 43-yard catch-and-run to put the Scots inside the Langston five-yard line. Puamau took care of the rest as he found paydirt from four yards out to cut the Langston lead to 28-12.

Lyon would pull within 16 points once more later in the quarter on a 17-yard quarterback keeper by Childress to put the score at 35-19 in favor of the Lions, but Langston would hold off the Scots in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated in the SAC.

Key Stats

–       Childress led the Scots in rushing as he carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards and the one score.

–       Childress completed 14-of-25 passes for 161 yards.

–       Ethan Skarmas recorded his 10th tackle-for-loss of the season, which is a new program record.

–       Lowe completed 18-of-30 passes for 283 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.

The Scots will go on their second bye week of the season and return to action on Nov. 3 at Texas Wesleyan. Kickoff for the game on Nov. 3 is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Fort Worth, Tex.

18FB_SpencerChildress_Rush_SAGU.jpgSpencer Childress of the Lyon College Scots / Image via Lyon College Athletics

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