By Ryan McCollough

Troy Messenger

Following the game, Friday night, Lyman Ward head coach Dewayne Thomas had to tip his hat to the players and coaches of Pike Liberal Arts.

Pike routed the Fighting Rangers 60-0 on Homecoming Friday in Troy.

The Patriots jumped out a 31-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and never looked back en route to the lop-sided win. Thomas feels that Pike Liberal is better than a lot of people, themselves included, understand.

“They have some great, great athletes on this team,” Thomas said. “I think they are a lot better than they even realize. Pike is a nice school with nice coaches and nice kids. I’m proud of my kids for fighting through the adversity.”

Lyman Ward mustered only 31 yards of offense in the game, and gave up 296 to the Patriots.

Lyman Ward quarterback Tyler Marks led the Fighting Rangers on the ground with 17 yards on 11 carries.

Thomas said the Rangers are having to play quite a few younger players due to being hit hard by injuries.

“We were playing eighth-grade lineman there in the second half,” Thomas said.

“To lose seven players in the second quarter, that’s unheard of. We have a good group of guys, some we just have picked up and some have never played football before. Lyman Ward is a place that builds character, and there is no where else I would rather be.”

The Fighting Rangers return home to Camp Hill next Friday and host Conerstone Christian at Ranger Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.