LHS Eagles scored fifth win for Homecoming

Lyman Eagle Chevy Fackrell and two teammates put the stop on the Piney Punchers last week at Lyman’s Homecoming game. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

LYMAN — It was a good day for football and proved to be a good day for the Lyman Eagles to wow their hometown crowd with their fifth win of the season to stay on top of the 2A conference.

The win proved to be a perfect touch for the Lyman High School Homecoming week as they upended the Big Piney Punchers, 42-24.

As for the Piney Punchers, the latest word is Big Piney will move from Class 2A to Class 1A nine-man next year with the state’s reclassification. Big Piney’s AD Jeff Makelky said said the decision was difficult, but it was in line with the Punchers’ projected participation numbers.

As for this year’s play, 2A teams in the conference are at the midpoint of the season and the Eagles boast an overall and conference record of 5-0, 3-0. They are followed in the West by Cokeville with records of 3-1, 2-1.

In the East Wheatland is at the top with an overall and conference record of Wheatland 5-0, 3-0, They are followed by Torrington with a 3-2, 3-0 record.

Lyman plays at Kemmerer at 7 p.m. today. Kemmerer’s records are overall, 2-2, and conference, 2-1.

“Our kids have been working hard, and we are trying to find ways to improve each week as a team and also as individual players,” LHS head coach Dale Anderson said Monday afternoon. “Each week is a new challenge and a new opportunity to try and become a better team.”

As the teams entered the field last Thursday, the hometown crowd most likely felt the Eagles would march off the field as the winners when the final clock counted down. But, the start of the game was a fluke as the Punchers crossed the goal line and scored a TD within minutes after the game started. The Eagles were able to hold and stop the Punchers on their try for bonus points, but this put the Punchers up by six.

This didn’t faze the Eagles as they scored the next 42 points. Lyman put up 29 points in the second quarter. Ashton Houskeeper had four TDs (2 rush, 1 pass and 1 interception return TD), and Fackrell added 2 TD runs.

The Eagles were in control of the game.

On the field in the fourth, Lyman fumbled the ball and the Punchers recovered it on the 25 within the first two minutes of the quarter.

Big Piney capitalized on a 35-yard pass, moved down field, scored a touchdown, but the PAT wasn’t good so the score was now 42-12. Another touchdown for Big Piney followed moving the score to 42-18 with 8:43 left in the game.

The Punchers capitalized with another TD in the last five minutes of the game giving them four for the day so the final score was 42-24.