Lynx capitalize on O’Gorman miscues

Jakob King, For the Journal
Jill Meier/BV Journal 
BV sophomore back Payton Egan scrambles for yardage with an O’Gorman defender on his heels during Friday’s 20-14 victory. For more photos from the game, visit the photo gallery at
The Brandon Valley Lynx were clinging to a six-point lead late in the fourth quarter Friday against the defending state champion O’Gorman Knights. Facing fourth-and-3 from O’G’s 47-yard line, head coach Chad Garrow took a chance.
“Well the hard part was that we were without our starting punter,” said Garrow. “We didn’t feel real good about running out the punt team, just because of the inexperience. We felt that we could pick up the three yards in that situation.”
And just by the nose of the football, the Lynx did just that. Sophomore quarterback Lucas Slack ran for three yards, barely moving the chains and all but sealing his first win in his varsity starting quarterback role. The 20-14 victory came as a vindication of BV’s loss to the Knights in last year’s 11AAA state championship game.
While there was no trophy up for grabs this time around, the stakes were still high for the Lynx as they looked to avoid falling to 0-2 on their yet young season. They stepped up thanks to another impressive performance from senior running back Tate Johnson and four takeaways by the Lynx defense. 
Though they eventually triumphed, the Lynx were far from fault-free. After throwing an interception on their first possession, they allowed the Knights to drive the ball all the way down to the 2-yard line before an errant snap led to a fumble that the Lynx pounced on to keep the scoreless game intact. 
BV’s ensuing possession ended with a punt that was blocked, which gave O’G the ball back at BV’s 3-yard line. The Knights capitalized in the red zone this time, and scored on a Jacob Schwab 3-yard run to put the first points of the game on the board, 7-0.
For the remainder of the first quarter and into the second, the two Metro Conference offenses traded scoreless possessions. The Lynx finally threatened the Knights late in the second quarter, driving deep into O’G territory on the shoulders of their reliable running back, who accounted for 41 yards on the march.
The Lynx bypassed the field goal on fourth and goal from the 3 yard-line, and instead put the ball in the hands of Slack. The young signal-caller stepped up and found senior wide receiver Carson Mashlan in the end zone to make the score 7-6 heading into halftime
It took but one play for BV to take hold of the lead. On the first play of the second half, the electric senior wide receiver Jackson Hilton got his hands on the ball for the first time on a screen pass and took it 67 yards for a touchdown. Hilton’s score gave the BV the lead for the first time at 13-7 and gave Garrow the impression that he needs to get the ball more often.
“We’ve got to somehow get him more involved in the game,” the veteran Lynx head coach said. “Good things usually happen when he gets his hands on the ball.”
Johnson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cap BV’s next possession, upping the score to 20-7. The senior finished the game with 38 carries for 182 yards and the touchdown. While Johnson played a nearly flawless game, a fourth-quarter fumble almost allowed the Knights to get back in the game.
O’G made the Lynx pay for the fumble by driving almost 80 yards for a touchdown to draw within six points. BV recovered the ensuing onside kick and were able to bleed almost all of the game clock with their final possession to preserve the 20-14 win.
The victory improves the Lynx record to 1-1 through the first two weeks of the season. They’ll be in search of their second straight victory Friday night when they travel to Swisher Field in Aberdeen to take on the 1-1 Golden Eagles. 


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