Despite a 35-20 loss at Sumter Academy, Lyman Ward coach Leon Day  said the team is continuing to find positives.

The Rangers were derailed from a fast start by Sumter, who jumped out on visiting Lyman Ward to the tune of 28-0.

The Rangers then proceeded to, in Day’s words, “hit a different gear,” but the rally fell short.

“Our guys competed well, and we’re definitely getting better every week,” Day said. “Our guys were able to kind of rally the troops a little bit, and we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The Rangers saw Adarius Reese rush for more than 100 yards on their behalf, and Jonathan Jackson collected three sacks.

This was the first game in two weeks for Lyman Ward, but Day said a sudden change in personnel was tough to overcome.

“We lost three starters in six days for different reasons, and two of them were linemen that we lost (Thursday),” Day said. “But the kids are starting to trust the process and see how practice relates to the game.”

Next for LWMA will be a rematch with Cornerstone Christian Academy. It will be family day for the Rangers as they try to avenge an early-season loss to Cornerstone, who will play the role of visitor this time out.

“I don’t want to jinx it, but I think our guys will compete much better than we did the first time.”