In a sloppy and – according to Lyman Ward football coach Dwayne Thomas – uncharacteristically undisciplined outing, the Fighting Rangers lost to Glenwood 48-12 after allowing 41 first-half points to the visiting Gators.
With the loss, Lyman Ward (0-6, 0-3 in region) ran its losing streak to 19 games, a streak that dates back to 2011.
During the defeat, two Lyman Ward players were ejected during the game.
“We’ve been plagued with injuries, and the Lyman Ward atmosphere alone makes it a tough place to play, as the kids have so many other duties,” Thomas said. “I loved our intensity, but I felt that we went overboard with it, with the trash talk and the penalties. But that’s something I’ll take care of in practice.”
The Rangers fell behind quickly due to an inability to slow down the Gators’ (2-5, 1-3 in region) rushing attack.
Glenwood quarterback Lawson Humphries began the scoring less than two minutes into the game, when he scrambled in for the first of his three rushing touchdowns in the half at 10:13 of the opening stanza.
The Rangers’ offense was riddled with self-inflicted gaffes early on, as Lyman Ward lost yardage on consecutive plays due to fumbled snaps and handoffs.
Glenwood scored 21 points in the first 8:24 of the first quarter.
The Rangers found a bright spot in Eric Immel, who made his season debut in this game. He put the Rangers on the board when he took a direct snap on 4th and long, swept around the right side and outran Glenwood defenders on his way to paydirt.
“He came in and gave us a bit of a spark,” Thomas said of Immel.
That spurt of fight was immediately countered on the Gators’ next drive, when Lyman Ward was unable to pounce on a muffed kickoff. Glenwood scored on an 80-yard pitch and catch, and the score was 28-6 with 38 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Glenwood tacked on 13 more points in the second quarter, as Lyman Ward was largely ineffective offensively.
In the second half, the Rangers defense was able to put the clamps on Glenwood mostly, but outside of a Tyler Marks quarterback sneak across the goal line late in the fourth quarter, still couldn’t muster much offense.
“We took our defensive tackle out and started running more twists,” Thomas said. “We simplified things for our kids.”
Next up for Lyman Ward will be a road game at Kingwood.