TROY—The Lyndon Tigers ended their season with a 46-19 loss to Troy in the sectional round of the Class 2A State Playoffs.
The Tigers stuck close to the Trojans through the first half, trailing 14-7 at the half, but lost the most ground as Troy scored three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter.
“I didn’t think the score was indicative of the game,” said Brent Hoelting, Lyndon head coach. “We had about a four-minute stretch in the third quarter where they scored 19 points and the game went from being close to out of hand.”
The Tigers rushed for two-thirds their yards, led by Dexton Swinehart, who had 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Swinehart also had an 80-yard kickoff return to score. Rylan Burns had 29 rushing yards on 21 carries, including the Tigers’ other offensive touchdown.
Lyndon had limited progress passing, with Burns throwing a respectable 5 for 9 passing with no interceptions. The Tigers, however, amassed just 65 total yards in the air.
Jamie Reed led the Tigers’ defense with 9 tackles, including 2 for lost yards; Tystan Pringle had 7 tackles; Mason Slusher had 6 tackles and a fumble recover; Swinehart had 6 tackles and an interception; and Cole Hutchcroft had the team’s only quarterback sack.
“We knew going in we had to play a flawless game,” Hoelting said. “Unfortunately, we had some mistakes here and there. They are a really good team who took advantage of that.”
The Tigers wrap up the year with a 9-2 record, as district champions and undefeated league champions. Friday’s sectional game also concludes the high school football careers of seniors Taylor House, Rylan Burns, Joe Hetzel, Beau Brecheisen, Roger Lane, Cody Anschutz, Dalton Brooker, Chase Newberry, Cole Hutchcroft, Trystan Pringle and Kyle Baker.
“I’m very proud of our kids and the season we had, especially with the injuries we endured. Our seniors were a great group of leaders and they will be missed.
Lyndon 0 7 0 12 — 19
Troy 7 7 19 13 — 46