Tigers win storm-delayed game against Olpe

LHS Tigers Coach Rod Stallbaumer’s perception of last Friday’s game night was echoed across the region due to postponements and game delays caused by forecast lightning and rainstorms.

“It was a crazy night,” Stallbaumer said about Lyndon’s 27-25 win against the Olpe Eagles.

Kickoff was delayed until 10:30 p.m. and the game ended with the Tigers’ close win around 1:30 a.m.

As it turned out, Olpe’s missed PATs won the game for the Tigers, with both teams scoring four touchdowns. Olpe had the only score in the first quarter on a one-yard run and a failed kick. The Tigers caught up with two touchdowns in the second quarter on passes to Dawson Swinehart – a 27-yard pass from Gaige Brecheisen and a 50-yard pass by Joe Walsh. Thore Pieper’s kicks added the PATs.

The Eagles’ second-quarter touchdown was on a 13-yard pass, followed by a failed PAT pass attempt, leaving the score 14-12 at the half. Olpe came back after the half with a TD on a short run; kick failed. Lyndon answered with a Walsh 3-yard touchdown run and a Piper kick. In the fourth, Brecheisen caught a 32-yard pass from Walsh, but the Tigers’ kick was blocked. Olpe brought the game to its final score with a pass play and a successful PAT kick.

The game was tense to the end, with Olpe setting up for a final field goal attempt, which failed.

Stallbaumer described Olpe as “a very good football team” that provided a learning experience for the Tigers.

“We knew their QB was a very good athlete who would extend plays and that’s just what he did tonight,” Stallbaumer said. “It was a good measuring stick for us and the kind of game that helps us identify where we need to improve.”

The coach said the Tigers had three opportunities to put the game away in the fourth quarter. “We just didn’t make the plays when we needed to, that was probably what I was most disappointed with,” he said. “We hadn’t been in that situation in awhile and that’s why games like this can be invaluable.”

The game was the third straight win over Olpe, with the Tigers at 4-1 since 2007 against the team.

The Tigers next face the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks (2-3) Friday at Mound City.

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