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Lynx clip Golden Eagles in 49-0 blanking
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 09. 2012 10:32AM
According to plan, the Lynx scored early and often in their 49-0 blanking of Aberdeen Central Friday night in Eastern South Dakota Conference football action.

“We wanted to score as early as we could,” said Lynx head coach Chad Garrow.
And the Lynx did just that, burning up a mere 19 seconds combined in the kickoff return and first and only play of the series when senior quarterback Chase Marso hit Matt Vandeberg on a 70-yard TD pass play.

The Lynx defense followed the game plan as well. On Aberdeen’s second play of their opening drive, junior back Jacob Adams recovered an Aberdeen fumble at the 27 yard line. Once again, the Lynx used little time – 7 seconds – to light up the board. The score came on a Marso lateral to A.J. Garrow, who hurled it 27 yards into the arms of Vandeberg for a 14-0 game with 11:13 to play in the first quarter.

The Lynx would hit pay dirt two more times in the first stanza. The first scoring drive was the result of a Lucas Lunstra interception. Lunstra took the ball to the 48-yard line and from there, Marso and company registered their third score of the night on a 28-yard TD pass to Nate Winter.

With 3:30 left to play in the first quarter, Marso hooked up with Adam Bauer on a 26-yard TD pass play to make it 28-0.

Brandon Valley also registered one TD in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Positioned at the 18-yard line, the Lynx needed three plays for their fourth score of the game. After a 10-yard pick-up by Cam Holmes and a four-yard gain by Tripp, the Lynx senior scored from four yards for the 35-0 game with 6:00 to play in the first half.

With four minutes off the second half clock, Tripp charged six yards for the TD and the 42-0 lead.

Brandon Valley’s final score of the night came on a 12-yard run by Holmes.

Marso turned in a stellar performance Friday, completing 10-of-11 for 207 yards and three scores.

“Chase was very on the spot and the receivers did a good job of getting the ball,” Garrow said.

He fired TD passes of 70 yards to Vandeberg, 28 yards to Winter and 26 yards to Bauer. Vandeberg, who had four catches for 121 yards, also caught a 27-yard TD pass from A.J. Garrow.

Brandon Valley’s running game was led by Tripp, who rushed nine times for 66 yards and Holmes, who had seven rushes for 36 yards and a TD.

The Lynx generated 366 total yards – 99 on the ground and 266 via the air. Back-up QB Jake Comeaux completed 3-of-4 for 33 yards.

Aberdeen Central had 199 yards total, 87 rushing and 112 passing.

Defensive leadership came from Lunstra, who had 10 tackles and a pair of interceptions. Tripp accounted for six tackles, while Trey DeJong and Luke Hyronimus both had five tackles to their credit. DeJong, Adam Guthmiller and Collin Lloyd all had a QB sack to their credit. Adams also had an interception.

“Obviously, our defense had a very good game,” Garrow said.

The Lynx hit the road for Pierre this Friday. Garrow expects the ESD clash to be a physical one.

“They’re very physical in front, in the line, especially,” the coach said. “They maybe don’t have all the skilled kids we have, but they’re comparable to us physically.”

To stay unbeaten on the year and in the ESD, Garrow said the offensive line will need to protect Marso to give him the time he needs.

Garrow said the Lynx will utilize both their pass and run games. “For the most part, we’re not going to change what we do,” he said.

Tony Tripp had nine carries for 66 yards in Friday's 49-0 ESD Conference win over the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles. Tripp scored two TDs in the win. Photo by Jill Meier

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