#7 Lindsey Wilson rolls in season opener, 76-10 at Lyon

BATESVILLE, Ark. — No. 7-ranked Lindsey Wilson football scored 62 straight points over the final three quarters to sprint away from host Lyon (Ark.) 76-10 today at Pioneer Stadium.

The Blue Raiders (1-0) put points on the scoreboard in a variety ways — through the air, on the ground and even with a pair of punt returns by Allen Cooks — to propel Lindsey Wilson to its second largest point total in the program’s history.

Cooks — who averaged 33.2 yards per punt return — scored the Blue Raiders’ second touchdown on a 45-yard return to give Lindsey Wilson a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter. He added a 92-yard touchdown return midway through the fourth quarter.

Lyon produced its most impressive drive of the day to open the game.

The Scots — playing in their first season since 1951 — used a 15-play, 77-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived.

While Lyon used more than eight minutes to take the lead, Lindsey Wilson needed just 1:46 to tie the game at 7-7. Blue Raider quarterback Dylan Beasley orchestrated a seven-play, 67-yard drive, capped off with a seven-yard touchdown toss to Tavis Elzy for the first LWC score of the 2015 season. Beasley finished an efficient 12-for-17 for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

Cooks made it a 14-7 game with the program’s first punt-return touchdown.

Lyon tacked on its final score of the day in the early stages of the second quarter with another lengthy drive. Osvaldo Espericueta connected on a 21-yard field goal following 12 plays and 71 yards to cut the Scots’ deficit to 14-10.

Lindsey Wilson dominated the game over the final two and a half quarters.

The Blue Raider offense went on to post 553 total yards, including just missing the program record for team rushing yards in a game. Lindsey Wilson rushed for 302 yards while throwing for 251 yards.

Defensively, Lindsey Wilson allowed just 198 yards of total offense, including just 121 yards after the first drive of the game.

Leading 14-10, Lindsey Wilson started its 62-point blitz with a bit of razzle-dazzle.

Backup quarterback Zak Mizell — lining up as a wide receiver — took a backwards pass from Beasley and hurled his first touchdown pass to a streaking Jay Gaudlock for a 52-yard score and a 20-14 lead. Mizell ended the game 6-for-7 passing for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Beasley continued the onslaught with the first of two touchdown passes to Hunter Lovell for a 27-14 lead. Lovell finished with four catches for 60 yards and the two scores.

Cory Davenport scored the first of two rushing touchdowns on back-to-back drives — one to end the first half and the other to start the second half. Davenport scored from the one-yard line to give Lindsey Wilson a 34-10 halftime lead. In the opening drive of the second half, Davenport scored on a 40-yard run after breaking multiple tackles en route to giving the Blue Raiders a 41-10 lead.

In addition to Davenport’s scores, Jayven Jones and Deandre Tigg scored rushing touchdowns — both the first of their careers.

The Blue Raider defense provided its best stand late in the third quarter.

Following a 92-yard kickoff return to the LWC three-yard line by Trenston Hawkins, the Blue Raiders turned away the Scots on eight straight attempts to score. Lyon missed on a pair of runs and a pass in the endzone setting up fourth down. While Lyon failed to score on the fourth-down attempt, the Blue Raiders were flagged for pass interference in the endzone giving the Scots a new set of downs from the two-yard line.

Three straight run stops and a sack by Blake Wallace produced one of the biggest ovations of the day from the Lindsey Wilson sideline.

Justin Wade and Trent Mueller led the defense with six tackles each while Wallace, Chris Oldham, Joe Lewis and Kyle Curtsinger had five. Curtsinger added a sack in the win.

Josh Haney led the rushing attack with 73 yards while Davenport had 61.

Lyon’s Michael Bowles — the reining Central States Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week — was limited to 59 yards on 20 carries.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 12:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept. 12 as the Blue Raiders travel to No. 11-ranked Georgetown (Ky.).

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