Lyons defense roars, overpowers Downers Grove North
DOWNERS GROVE – With its back against the wall, the Lyons Township's defense played its best game of the season on Friday.
Needing to beat Downers Grove North to seemingly keep their playoff hopes alive, the Lions' defense – which had surrendered a combined 179 points in the first four games of the season – forced two first-half turnovers and came up with multiple fourth down stops en route to a 17-10 victory.
Entering the contest allowing an average of 40.5 points per game, Lyons (2-3, 1-1 West Suburban Silver) pitched a shutout through three quarters, and head coach Kurt Weinberg applauded his team's most complete effort of the season.
"Until this point, we hadn't played to our full potential," Weinberg said. "Tonight, our defense stepped up and played really well. They were physical and came out of with a lot of confidence; it was a big step in the right direction."
The two first-quarter turnovers – an interception and a fumble recovery – paved the way for the Lions' offense.
After going three-and-out on their first two offensive possessions, Lions quarterback Tom Fiedler and the receiving corps caught fire. Fiedler completed 15-of-19 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He finished the game with 221 passing yards and two scores.
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