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August 22, 2018 Lone Tree football drops 50-47 thriller to Midland
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Down three points, Lone Tree received a punt and started their final offensive drive with six minutes left from their own 26-yard line in a tight game against Midland. The 10-play drive ended with a botched snap on a 42-yard field goal, Midland was able to hold on to the ball for the rest of the game, giving the Eagles a 50-47 win over Lone Tree.

Up until that point, the Lone Tree drive had inched up the field. It started off strongly with a 15-yard pass to Avery Knock on a tunnel screen, a play that had worked 2-3 times that night. From there Lone Tree rushed the ball on seven of the next eight plays, with Will Hotz, Harmon Miller, Brady Dauber and Knock contributing.

But a sack on first and 10 put Lone Tree in a second and long situation. From there Lone Tree took two deep shots down the field.

“For us, we thought with the athletes we have that we could make some plays down the field, We had made some plays down the field earlier in the game and we had a sack, which kind of made things a bit different (with our play calls),” Lone Tree coach Aaron Bohr said.

The game was a back-and-forth affair, with six lead changes throughout. Lone Tree kicked off the scoring as Harmon Miller took the ball 54 yards to the end zone on a quarterback power. Miller would finish the night responsible for five touchdowns, going for 104 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns and was 9-17 for 97 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

Midland responded with a long drive capped off by a one-yard quarterback sneak into the end zone and with the two-point conversion took an 8-7 lead.

Dauber showed off his shiftiness on the ensuing kickoff, dodging plenty of tacklers on the way to a touchdown. Midland, on the other hand, wasn’t able to return a kickoff all night as Lone Tree kicker Austin Marshek was 8-8 on touchbacks.

Near the end of the first quarter, Lone Tree linebacker Keegan Edwards deflected a pass and intercepted it and then caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Miller to push the lead to 20-8. Ty Griffin then scored on a 19-yard rush three minutes later with 8:41 left in the first half to push the lead to 26-8.

At that point it looked as if Lone Tree had taken control of the game and the Lion defense was holding up well against one of the biggest offensive lines in 8-player. Midland found a second wind as they scored three touchdowns over the last five minutes of the first half, in large part due to two crucial turnovers.

A long snap on a punt went over Marshek’s head, and he fell on the ball at the one-yard line. A touchdown there put the game within a field goal at 26-23. The next kickoff return was fumbled by Dauber, giving Midland only 15 yards to go. Lone Tree had held up the Eagles and forced a fourth-and-7. They initially stuffed the rushing attempt by Carter Mohr, but Mohr was able to shift left and find an open lane for the touchdown. Lone Tree’s 26-8 lead early in the second quarter had turned into a 30-26 deficit at halftime.

Bohr said the team had talked about how to respond to situations like this all offseason, and mental toughness was a big part of their halftime conversation.

Bohr said the team had talked about how to respond to situations like this all offseason, and mental toughness was a big part of their halftime conversation.

“This entire offseason we talked about not flinching despite the situation. It was a stressful couple minutes during that second period, but I thought the second half we came out and played our football,” Bohr said.

Lone Tree received the football to start the second half and it only took three plays to take the lead back. Miller hit Dauber for a 5-yard pass, Harmon Miller had a 12-yard rush and then a 43-yard touchdown rush to take a 33-30 lead. With the Lions taking the lead back 45 seconds into the half, it looked as if they had rebounded.

Midland came back with a seven-play, 65-yard drive capped off by an Alex Smith 22-yard rushing touchdown to take back the lead for the final time at 36-33.

Lone Tree punted on the next drive, allowing Midland to take a two-score lead. Lone Tree cut the Midland lead to 44-41 after a 23-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Alex Viner and a two-point conversion on a Miller pass to Marshek.

Both teams scored once each in the fourth quarter, with Lone Tree’s final touchdown coming on a 11-yard pass from Miller to Dauber.

The game showed big improvement from year-to-year from Miller, and Bohr said the Lions will continue looking to Miller for a large chunk of their offense.

“He’s one of our best players and has worked as hard as anybody has. It was great to see him have the night he had. It is something we can build off of,” Bohr said.

The Lone Tree defense was led in tackles by Dauber with 10. Trey Shalla recorded the lone sack of the night and Cale Yoder added a tackle for loss.

Marshek punted twice for 82 yards and a long of 56 and was 3-6 on extra points.

Dauber took back five kick-offs for 168 yards including the one 75-yard touchdown.

Lone Tree will travel to Montezuma this week to kick off district play. Montezuma opened up the season with a 46-35 loss to Southeast Warren.

Box Score

Lone Tree:

14; 12; 15; 6; 47


8; 22; 14; 6; 50

Scoring summary

First quarter

10:04, Harmon Miller 54-yard rush (Austin Marshek PAT) Lone Tree 7-0

4:01, Britan Martens 1-yard rush (2-pt good) Midland 8-7

3:48, Brady Dauber 70-yard kickoff return (Marshek PAT) 14-8 Lone Tree

Second quarter

11:28 Harmon Miller 10-yard pass to Keegan Edwards (PAT failed) 20-8 Lone Tree

8:41 Ty Griffin 19-yard rush (PAT failed) 26-8 Lone Tree

4:53 Alex Smith 11-yard rush (2-pt good) 26-16 Lone Tree

2:10 Carter Mohr 1-yard rush (2-pt no good) 26-22 Lone Tree

0:43 Carter Mohr 8-yard rush (2-pt good) 30-26 Midland

Third Quarter

11:15 Harmon Miller 43-yard rush (Marshek PAT) 33-30 Lone Tree

9:09 Alex Smith 22-yard rush (2-pt no good) 36-30 Midland

4:28 Carter Mohr 1-yard rush (2-pt good) 44-33 Midland

0:46 Harmon Miller 23-yard pass to Alex Viner (2-pt good) 44-41 Midland

Fourth quarter

11:46 Britan Martens 23-yard pass to Carter Mohr (2-pt no good) 50-41 Midland

7:42 Harmon Miller 11-yard pass to Brady Dauber (PAT no good) 50-47 Midland

Passing (complete-attempts, yards, TD INT)


Britan Martens 6-20, 65 yards, 1 TD 1 INT

Lone Tree

Harmon Miller 9-17, 97 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing (att-yards, TD)


Alex Smith, 14-110 , 2 TD

Carter Mohr, 19-106, 3 TD

Wilson Buckwalter, 11-106

Lone Tree

Harmon Miller, 14-104, 2 TD

Will Hotz, 7-38

Ty Griffin, 3-28, 1 TD

Receiving (rec-yards, TD)


Carter Mohr, 2-45, 1 TD

Lone Tree

Alex Viner, 1-23, 1 TD

Brady Dauber 3-20, 1 TD

Keegan Edwards, 2-16, 1 TD

Avery Knock, 2-30



Griffin Gravel 5.5 tackles, sack

Ethan Orr, 2 tackles, 1 sack

Brett Schoenherr, 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss

Lone Tree

Brady Dauber 10 tackles

Cale Yoder 7.5 tackles

Will Hotz 7 tackles

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