WESTERN SPRINGS – Lyons Township fell in a hole in the first half and its comeback ran out of time Saturday afternoon.
The Lions lost to Oak Park River Forest 31-26 after trailing by as many as 18 points in the second quarter. LT’s comeback bid ended when the Huskies recovered an onside kick with just over a minute remaining in the game.
“We fought until the end there certainly, but they’re a very good team,” said LT coach Kurt Weinberg. “I think we made too many mistakes early and didn’t play well enough early to give ourselves the opportunity to win.”
LT is now 3-4 and needs to win its final two games, against 3-4 York and 2-5 Proviso West, to make the playoffs.
The Lions took the lead on a 40-yard field goal by Joe Bruni, but the Huskies (6-1, 4-1 West Suburban Silver) answered with an 11-yard touchdown run by Jamal Baggett.
Bruni made another field goal before two touchdown runs by Mike Hayden expanded Oak Park’s lead to 21-6.
Quarterback Tommy Fiedler (24-for-41, 241 yards, 3 TDs) led a late drive at the end of the second quarter and found Marcell Kellum for a 1-yard touchdown with five seconds left in the half. LT went into halftime trailing 24-12.
LT didn’t score again until 5:25 left in the game on a 7-yard Sam Shea TD reception.
The Huskies scored on the next drive to build a 31-19 lead and another Shea touchdown with 1:10 remaining wasn’t enough.
Lyons junior running back Leonard Ross (18 carries, 70 yards) left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury and had ice around his left calf after the game.
The Lions travel to York next Friday at 7:30 p.m.