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Junior quarterback Harmon Miller threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough for the Lone Tree Lions, who fell to the HLV Warriors 40-26 on Friday night.
The game was supposed to be played at HLV, but poor field conditions due to rain forced a venue change.
Lone Tree (1-3) opened the scoring late in the first quarter when Miller hit Avery Knock for a 15-yard touchdown pass. After a missed PAT, the Lions led 6-0.
Early in the second period, the Warriors were driving and seemed primed to score, but fumbled on the goal line. Lone Tree’s Brady Dauber recovered the fumble and ran to the Lone Tree 25-yard line before being taken down.
The Lions, however, were unable to capitalize on the turnover.
The Warriors got on the board at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter on Chase Sternhagen’s 27-yard touchdown run. HLV ran in a successful two-point conversion to take an 8-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Avery Knock fielded a rolling kick at the Lone Tree 10-yard line and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and the Lions were now ahead 12-8.
With just under five minutes left in the half, Dwayne Drayfahl recovered a Warrior fumble at midfield, but the Lions, once again, could not make anything come of it.
HLV retook the lead with 59 seconds to go in the first half when Sam Gensley tipped a short pass to himself and sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown. Another successful two-point conversion gave the Warriors a 16-12 lead going into halftime.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. Sternhagen scored for HLV on a 13-yard run – and another successful two-point conversion.
Midway through the third, the Lions’ Bryce Houser scored on a 26-yard touchdown run. After a failed 2-point conversion, HLV led 24-18.
HLV extended its lead to 32-18 with 8:24 left in the game on Caden Fontinel’s 17-yard touchdown catch and another two-point conversion.
With just under three minutes to play, the Lions put together a strong goal line stand, denying the Warriors four times inside the 5-yard line.
The Lions took over on their own 3-yard line, and Miller immediately hit Dauber for a 77-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was good and the Lions closed the gap to 32-26.
Their hope for a comeback was dashed less than a minute later when HLV’s Dean Shaull scored on a 53-yard run.
The Lions host 3-0 New London on Friday night.
Lone Tree: 6; 6; 6; 8; 26
HLV: 0; 16; 8; 16; 40
Harmon Miller 9-18, 224 yards, 2 TD
Bryce Houser 12-48, 1 TD
Keegan Edwards 4-104
Brady Dauber 3-80, 1 TD
Avery Knock 2-40, 1 TD
Cale Yoder 11 tackles
Keegan Edwards 8 tackles, 1 TFL
Bryce Houser 8 tackles