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The Lions suffered their first loss in an 8-player game on Friday in Marengo, setting up a must-win game at Midland on Friday, Oct 21.
There are three scenarios in which Lone Tree can finish in the top two in the district and earn a playoff spot, and all three require the Lions to win at Midland. If Lone Tree wins and Iowa Valley loses at WACO, the Lions are in the playoffs.
If Iowa Valley beats WACO, the Lions must win by at least 12 points to finish ahead of Midland. If they don’t win by 12, they must win by a differential within three points of Iowa Valley’s winning margin to finish ahead of the Tigers.
Iowa Valley senior Bennett Goettsch put the Lions in their current situation, rushing for 239 yards and six touchdowns on 36 carries as the Tigers came away with a 62-38 win in their final home game of the season.
The Lions’ offense lacked its usual multi-dimensional rushing attack on Friday with Jovonte Squiers and Drake Hotz limited by injury. The duo, who had combined for over half of Lone Tree’s rushing and receiving yards for the season through seven games, had just five carries for 17 yards on Friday.
Iowa Valley only held a three-yard advantage in total yards, 386-383, but the Tigers had great field position throughout the night and took advantage of three Lone Tree turnovers.
“I thought our effort was there tonight, and it was more about the execution,” Lone Tree Coach Chad Shield said.
“That starts with us as a coaching staff and making sure we’re putting all the guys in the right positions. Our guys played hard and battled to the end. There’s nobody that wanted it more than those guys. We fell a bit short tonight, but I’m optimistic that they’ll bounce back and be ready for Midland next week.”
Senior quarterback Trey Pierson picked up the slack for his limited backfield mates in the first half.
On the Lions’ first possession of the game, they faced a fourth and one at their own 11-yard line. Pierson kept the ball and raced 69 yards to the end-zone to give Lone Tree a 6-0 lead. His second fourth down touchdown rush came from the 20-yard line, giving Lone Tree a 12-6 lead early in the second quarter.
Iowa Valley did not have a play that went over nine yards in the first quarter. The Tigers, punted, scored on a 10-play 44-yard drive, and turned the ball over on downs in the first quarter.
Pierson’s third touchdown was an eight-yard rush, and this time the Lions converted the two-point play, also a rush by Pierson, to take a 26-20 lead.
Pierson finished 11-16 with 180 yards and a touchdown through the air, and had 11 carries for 128 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Michael Schmidt caught five passes for 77 yards. Schmidt came up big, with three third-down conversions and all five catches went for first downs.
In addition to 126 kickoff return yards, and 56 receiving yards, Sam Fuhrmeister was the Lions’ second-leading rusher behind Pierson with 32 yards on seven carries.
Freshman Trey Shalla led the Lions with 10.5 tackles and Garrett Boxwell had 9.5 tackles with one for loss. Schmidt finished with nine tackles and Brock Smith had 5.5 tackles and a sack.
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