Lyman Eagles flexed and earned spot at 2A championship game

Ashton Houskeeper tucks the ball and heads downfield as his teammates set up the defense to give him room. PIONEER PHOTOS/Virginia Giorgis

LYMAN — Two down and one to go in the playoff cycle on the march to the 2A football championship this week in Laramie.

The Eagles are on track to take their second championship in two consecutive years if the positive stays on their side of the ball. After rolling over Big Horn and playing a tougher game last week against Wheatland, the Eagles will hit the football stadium at UW at face the Lovell Bulldogs who entered the playoffs with the #2 W rank. Of course, Lyman had previously beaten the Bulldogs and went into the playoffs ranked #1 W. Lyman has an 11-0 conference record this year, but last week’s game was their 17th straight win with no losses. Lovell isn’t going to be a pushover as they enter tomorrow’s championship game with a season record of 10-2. But, the Eagles beat the Bulldogs on Sept. 17, 34-15.

The two teams will meet at War Memorial Stadium at UW at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In last week’s game against the Wheatland Bulldogs, the Lyman Eagles captured the gold ring with a 38-28 win over Wheatland in the 2A semi-finals.

Wheatland opened the scoring with Ryland Petroski getting into the end zone from four yards out. The Eagles answered and Ashton Houskeeper scored on a 7-yard run, the first TD by Houskeeper as he made five more touchdowns by plowing up the field, carrying the ball.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs again scored as Hyannie Fausto raced into the end zone on a 65-yard run and Petroski scored again from four yards out. Housekeeper kept Lyman in the game with two more TDs, one on a 61-yard run and one on a 20-yard run. Following the last touchdown run by Houskeeper, he also carried the ball into the end zone for a 2-point conversion. During the second quarter the score was tied at 14, but the half time score had the Eagles in the lead by two, 22-20, following the last TD and 2-point conversion by Houskeeper. Both teams were plagued by flags in the second quarter leading up to the half.

Back on the field in the second half, the Eagles kicked off, and Eagle Rho Mecham nailed the receiver as he was returning the ball. A sack of the Wheatland quarterback impeded the Bulldogs move up the field.

Wheatland produced a 4th quarter touchdown thanks to a 55-yard scoring strike from Kade Preuit to Rodee Brow, but Lyman responded again with Housekeeper ringing up his 5th TD run of the game.

The Lyman Eagles sailed over Wheatland, 38-28, as Housekeeper ran for 215 yards. Wheatland had nearly 500 yards of offense in the game and Preuit threw for 323. The Bulldogs season ended with a record of 8-3. The Lyman Eagles head to the championship game tomorrow.