For the second week in a row, the Lone Tree Lions played giant-killer, knocking off a ranked team.
On Friday night, the Lions edged ninth-ranked Montezuma in a wild 69-63 thriller.
Lone Tree came out of the gate hot, taking a 15-0 lead before the Braves ever had a possession.
Harmon Miller capped the opening drive with a 14-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Lions surprised the Braves with an onside kick, which Lone Tree recovered.
“We knew with the way Montezuma could execute on offense that it would be hard to make stops consistently,” Lone Tree head coach Aaron Bohr said. “We talked about trying to steal a possession or two all week, and our kicker, Keegan Edwards, worked a lot on his onside kicks in practice, and our guys did a great job in covering it.”
The Lions capitalized on the onside kick with an Alex Viner 4-yard touchdown run, giving the Lions a 15-0 lead.
Miller found the end zone again with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter, and the Lions led 21-0.
At this point, the Montezuma passing attack woke up.
The Braves eased down the field on a five-play, 65-yard drive, that included three passes from quarterback Eddie Burgess, who completed the drive with a touchdown run.
“Going into the game we had to focus on what we wanted to take away,” Bohr said. “We wanted to limit Montezuma’s deep passing game and their quarterback runs, and we did a good job in doing that. However, you always have to give up something to get something, and they hurt us with their short passing game early.”
Burgess ended up going 32-for-41 passing with 370 yards and four touchdowns.
The Braves continued to claw their way back into the
game in the second quarter, eventually taking a 29-27 lead with five minutes left in the half.
However, Miller scored two more touchdowns late in the half to put Lone Tree up 41-29.
Miller picked off a Burgess pass with 30 seconds left in the half to stop a Montezuma drive.
Miller rushed for 310 yards and six touchdowns in the game, while passing for another two touchdowns.
The scoring barrage continued in the third quarter, with Montezuma’s Cole Watts opening the half with a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Miller scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter, and Alex Viner scored one.
By the time the fourth quarter began, Lone Tree held a 61-43 lead.
Montezuma scored three times in the fourth quarter, but a 15-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Viner with 7:22 left in the game was enough to hold off the Braves’ comeback and seal the 69-63 win.
Viner finished the game with 151 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards and a total of four touchdowns.
The win moves the Lions to 2-3 on the season.
Friday night is homecoming for the Lone Tree, with kickoff against Winfield-Mt. Union set for 6:30 p.m.