Lyman Ward racks up school record for points in win

Lyman Ward Military Academy had one of its best showings in school history on the football field Friday night. The Fighting Rangers racked up 64 points, setting a school record for points in a game, en route to a 64-16 victory over Lighthouse.

“Well, in the past for the most part, wins have come by the skin of their teeth, so they’ve never had a chance to get some confidence,” Lyman Ward coach Roland Bell said. “Now they’re looking up and saying, ‘We finished the second half of that other game like you said we should, and we got this one. We’re actually a pretty good team, aren’t we, Coach?’ And we are. Now we just need to keep working and getting better every day.”

Joseph Reese was the star of the show for the Rangers. He finished with five rushing touchdowns to go along with two passing. He amassed 236 yards on just 13 carries, and at quarterback, Reese was 3-for-6 for 78 yards and two scores.

“Obviously he is, for the most part, the offense right now,” Bell said. “But we’re trying to work with him to help build the other guys because none of them, except for one, has played ball before. We’re trying to get Joseph to work with them and get them more confidence, showing them how to take handoffs and where to run, so we don’t have to run him all the time so teams can’t focus only on him.”

Preston Linkenauger also got in on the action at QB. He was a perfect 2-for-2 and both of his completions were touchdowns. Michael Rogers, Stone Crowson and Bogdan Maples all had at least one scoring reception.

Crowson also led the defense with eight tackles. Saywer Ray had five tackles, and Linkenauger and Sekou Diallo each had four.

“Cody Stone did well too,” Bell said. “It was his first game. He started late so I didn’t let him dress the first week, and he only played half of this game. But we had him playing at corner mostly, but he was a headhunter out there.”