Drizzly game at Oswego doesn’t dampen Tigers’ winning streak

In a rainy, drizzly game at Oswego Friday night, The Lyndon High School Tigers took out the Oswego Indians for the Tigers’ seventh win of the season with a score of 69-24.

The Tigers held the Indians (1-6) scoreless for three of the four quarters, with the Tigers making the first two touchdowns of the game in the first quarter.

“We started out well and played a solid first quarter,” Tigers coach Rod Stallbaumer said.  “After we scored on our first two plays I felt like our focus suffered. We have to understand that other teams have good players, too, and when we stop being disciplined, we aren’t very good.”

Oswego answered in the second quarter scoring two back-to-back touchdowns, and adding PAT runs to each.

“In the second quarter we lost the field position battle and allowed them a chance to take back control of the game,” Stallbaumer said.

Lyndon wasn’t to be left behind, though, with Dawson Swinehart running back a 73-yard kickoff return.

“In adverse conditions field position and special team plays are magnified and Dawson’s kick return for a touchdown was a huge play for us because they had seized momentum,” the coach said.

The second quarter saw three more touchdowns, 2 runs by Lyndon and Oswego’s last score of the game, leaving the halftime score at 34-24.

A 15-yard run by Swineheart in the third quarter set the tone for the rest of the game – all Lyndon until the end.

“Coach (Toby) Baker challenged the team a little at half time and I felt like we responded very well in the second half,” Stallbaumer said.

Two more touchdowns in the third and two more in the fourth ended the game with a 69-24 score.

The coach said Lyndon’s solid defense contributed to the win.

“With the exception of three series in the second quarter I thought that was the best our defense has played this season,” he said.

The coach said the team will need to be ready to face a good Northeast team at Friday’s at-home game.

“We don’t have much margin for error and they match up very well with us in the skill positions and have a lot of team speed,” he said about the Northeast Arma Vikings. “We will need to be physical, disciplined, and execute for four quarters to win.”

The Tigers face the Northeast-Arma Vikings (3-4) Friday at the LHS field.

Game notes:

  • This is Lyndon’s third consecutive 7-0 start to a season (2011, 2012, 2013).
  • A win against Northeast would secure a 2nd straight district championship.

Scores:
1st Quarter

  • Lyndon: Josh Owens 57-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick
  • Lynodn: Josh Owens 49-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick

2nd Quarter

  • Oswego: Weston Eckermann 32-yard run PAT:Weston Eckermann Run
  • Oswego: Weston Eckermann 33-yard run PAT: Weston Eckermann Run
  • Lyndon: Dawson Swinehart 73-yard Kick Off Return PAT: Kick Failed
  • Oswego: Ethan Carter 75-yard run PAT: Bryant Yeoman Run
  • Lyndon: Josh Owens 4-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick
  • Lyndon: Josh Owens 15-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick

3rd Quarter

  • Lyndon: Dawson Swinehart 15-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick
  • Lyndon: Cameron Woodruff 12-yard pass from Joe Walsh PAT: Thore Pieper Kick
  • Lyndon: Joe Walsh 2-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick

4th Quarter

  • Lyndon: Dawson Swinehart 20-yard pass from Joe Walsh PAT: Thore Pieper Kick
  • Lyndon: Daniel Burgess 37-yard run PAT: Thore Pieper Kick
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