Newspaper Article Archive of
For the first 4:10 of Lone Tree’s Friday night football game, the Lions held visiting Iowa Valley scoreless.
Then Iowa Valley quarterback Ben Smith ran around the left side of the line and raced into the end zone to post a 6-0 lead.
Alex Viner stopped the two-point conversion attempt, and Lone Tree looked like it would answer on the next drive, with a long pass play from Harmon Miller to Keegan Edwards down to the 10, but the drive stalled on a series of penalties and incomplete passes.
Lone Tree settled for a 30-yard Austin Marshek field goal, but the stop by Iowa Valley seemed to shift the momentum.
Iowa Valley went on to win 56-17. The Lions record fell to 1-2.
On Iowa Valley’s first play from scrimmage after the field goal, Smith ran around the right side for a 50-yard touchdown. A fumble on the next Lone Tree series turned the ball over to Iowa Valley, and by halftime, Iowa had the upper hand with a 22-3 score.
“We did a pretty good job in the first quarter,” coach Aaron Bohr said. “They had a couple of big plays on us, and things sort of snowballed from there.”
Bohr said coaches will be looking at the game film and then “making sure we make the necessary corrections.”
“I’m sure it is not going to look pretty,” Bohr said.
“They are really a fast and physical team up front,” Bohr said. “I think our pursuit angles were not necessarily the greatest. I think our tackling wasn’t where it should have been.”
Iowa Valley quarterback Ben Smith finished the game with 17 runs for 211 yards. He completed one pass on two attempts.
On the Lone Tree side of the ball, Alex Viner was the top rusher with 35 yards on four carries. Bryce Houser rushed for 26 yards on seven carries.
The Lions were more successful through the air. Avery Knock had two receptions for 49 yards, including a touchdown.
Bryce Houser caught four passes for 34 yards, and Keegan Edwards had one 27-yard pass reception.
Lone Tree travels to HLV Friday night. Bohr hopes his team will learn from the Iowa Valley game.
“Every game is an opportunity to get better; every game is an opportunity to learn,” Bohr said. “Sometimes the stuff you learn most comes after a loss rather than a win.”
Harmon Miller 8-16, 112 yards, 1 TD.
Alex Viner 4-35 yards, 1 TD.
Bryce Houser 7-26 yards.
Harmon Miller 9-11 yards.
Avery Knock 2-49 yards, 1 TD.
Bryce House 4-34 yards.
Keegan Edwards 1-27 yards.
Tyler McCullough 6 tackles, 2 assists.
Tim Mills 3 tackles 2 assists, 1 sack.
Alex Viner 3 tackles 2 assists.