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Lions start late, lose to Irish

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 4:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:50 a.m. CDT

SENECA – In the first two games of the season, Lisle’s football team struggled to finish strong.

Friday night at Seneca, the Lions had trouble getting started in a 30-15 loss to the Irish in the first Interstate Eight Small game for both teams.

“It was just two different halves,” Lisle coach Dan Sanko said. “We did not come out ready to play.”

Sanko’s sentiment was reflected in the first-half stats. Lisle (1-2 overall, 0-1 I-8 Small) ran just 10 plays, netted just 23 yards and trailed, 23-0, at intermission. The Lions closed the gap to 23-15 late in the game before the Irish struck one final blow.

“They had third-and-21 and they break off a 55-yard touchdown run,” Sanko said. “We told them exactly what was coming, and we didn’t execute.

“We had a lot of missed tackles, a lot of missed opportunities.”

After playing on the road that last two weeks, the Lions return to Benedictine University for the next two games. Regardless of the venue, there is one thing Sanko hopes to see from his team going forward.

“We have yet to play a full game,” Sanko said. “[Friday] we played the second half, and the first two weeks we did not finish well. We’ve got to figure out how to play a full 48 minutes.”

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