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New London used six Lone Tree turnovers to rout the Lions 53-6.
The Tigers, ranked No. 2 in 8-player football, had little trouble moving the ball on the night and had 530 yards of total offense in the win.
Lone Tree’s lone touchdown of the night came on a 13-yard rush from Bryce Houser in the second half.
“We knew that New London had a very explosive offense, but I thought our guys on defense did a solid job of playing assignment football despite the score,” Lone Tree coach Aaron Bohr said.
One bright spot on the night for Lone Tree was kicking specialist Austin Marshek. This season Marshek is averaging nearly 40 yards per punt and had forced touchbacks on 23-25 kickoffs.
“He has put in a lot of work to improve in that area, and the results speak for themselves,” Bohr said. “Having a specialist like Austin is a luxury most 8-man teams don’t have.”
Bohr said he also sees the strides the Lone Tree passing game is taken despite facing a fairly brutal early season schedule. The Lions opponents currently have a 17-6 record. The second of the season should be a little relief for the Lions as their second-half opponents have a 7-10 record so far this season.
Harmon Miller was 14-24 for 173 yards on the night with Keegan Edwards and Avery Knock both going over 50 yards receiving on the night.
“We have had one of the most difficult schedules in the state to start the season and we have taken our lumps over that time. However, one thing we have discussed is that when you lose, don’t lose the lesson,” Bohr said.
The Lions rushing game struggled on Friday with just 58 yards on 31 attempts with Bryce Houser having 30 yards on eight carries.
Lone Tree now goes into their homecoming week with a 1-4 record and will face off against WACO. The Lions will also host a ceremony for Lonnie Powers, who will be inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame this year. Powers coached at both Lone Tree and WACO.
Harmon Miller 14-24, 173 yards 2 INT
Bryce Houser 8-30 yards, 1 TD
Harmon Miller 11-11 yards
Brady Dauber 6-10 yards
Avery Knock 5-65 yards
Keegan Edwards 3-59 yards
Alex Viner 2-20 yards
Cale Yoder 3.5 tackles, 1 sack
Will Hotz 6.5 tackles
Tim Mills 6.5 tackles