VANCEBURG — As often as the fire trucks and ambulances blasted their lights and sirens in Lewis County’s east end zone after Lions touchdowns on Friday, you’d have thought the 2018 Christmas parade had started three months early.
There was indeed reason for Homecoming happiness.
The Lions handily won their first game of 2018 by mercy-ruling Fairview, 52-0, behind Garrett Applegate’s 197 rushing yards. He ran for scores of 85 and six yards. (He also took a Zach Lehn pass for another 31 and a touchdown.
The Lions’ (1-3) attack was as balanced as the Flying Wallendas on the tightrope – 337 yards on the ground, 90 through the air, Zach Robersion’s 80-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the game, and a defense that recovered three of Fairview’s four fumbles and intercepted two Jack Roy passes.
“The blocks were great, I found the opening, and the team was energized,” Robersion said of his return.
The result: Lewis County’s first shutout since a 33-0 blanking of Magoffin County in 2014.
Applegate’s word of choice was “preparedness.”
“We were very prepared, we executed our jobs, everybody trusted in each other to do their job,” Applegate said.
The main thing Lewis County wanted to do was run around their tackles.
“We had a lot of beef on the outside there, so yeah, that’s like we felt like would be open with what were doin’,” Lions coach Josh Hughes said.
Fairview fell to 0-3. Predictably, Eagles coach Brett Cooksey said spotting Lewis County 14 points – Robersion’s kickoff score just 16 seconds into the game and Immanuel Manning’s 19-yard score 16 seconds after Fairview fumbled the ensuing kick – didn’t help.
“We kinda spotted them 14 real quick,” Cooksey said. “After that we got it in the red zone a few times … we just couldn’t get it in the end zone.”
In fact, two first-quarter drives to the Lion 26 and 19, were the only times Fairview came anywhere close.
The Lions made it 22-0 when Robersion caught Lehn’s 15-yard score with 7:07 left in the first.
“Proud,” was Hughes’ single-syllable summary for the evening.
“It’s easy when things aren’t goin’ well to pack it in and to give lackluster effort,” Hughes said. “And that’s not what we got. Effort this week wasn’t the effort of a team that just got beat badly (49-8 at Nicholas County) the week before.
“It was a focused team, and they came out and played football.”
LIONS 52, EAGLES 0
LC-Zach Robersion 80 kickoff return (pass failed), 11:44
LC-Imanuel Manning 19 run (Garrett Applegate run), 11:20
LC-Robersion 15 pass from Zach Lehn (Randy Iery run), 7:07
LC-Applegate 31 pass from Lehn (Manning run), 0:15.4
LC-Applegate 85 run (Robersion pass from Lehn) 9:36
LC-Applegate 6 run (Lehn run), 2:38
LC-Austin Howard 7 run (run failed), 7:40
Records: Fairview 0-3, Lewis County 1-3