LAKIN — The Lakin Broncs home opener was as successful as their first two road games.
Lakin improved to 3-0 for the season with a 28-0 win over Syracuse.
The Broncs gained 229 total yards, including 216 on the ground as they pecked away at the Syracuse defense, scoring once in every quarter.
The Broncs wasted little time finding pay dirt, turning its first drive into an 8-play, 69-yard scoring run, capped by William Gilleland’s 20-yard run to the corner of the end zone.
Two plays into the second period, following a JP Perez interception of Syracuse quarterback Reece Hart, the Broncs capitalized, with Kayden Christiansen bursting up the middle untouched for a 30-yard score.
In the third period, Lakin took advantage of good field position following a Syracuse punt. Starting at the Bulldogs’ 40, the Broncs sustained an 8-play drive with quarterback Juan Banuelos plunging in from the 2, giving his team a 22-0 lead.
The Broncs’ final score came with 1:03 to play, when Banuelos recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards.
Lakin coach Chris Bamberger was pleased with the win, but he knows his team has a lot to work on as they enter district play next week at home against Ellinwood.
“Syracuse did some nice things against us that forced us to do some things offensively,” he said. “I was pleased with our boys that they continued to play, kept continuing to break the huddle and go to the line of scrimmage and sort it out.”
Jaylyn Hash led the Broncs with 11 tackles, a big game for the junior.
“That’s fantastic,” Bamberger said of Hash. “Jaylyn’s continued to show us he can do that. And if the defense starts to trust each other and settle in, they play really well. We’ll continue to build upon that.”
Syracuse had 193 yards of total offense, but it struggled to get any drive going.
Coach Dustin Doze said Lakin gave his team pretty much what he expected.
“We know they’re big and powerful and we knew we had to stop that,” Doze said. “I felt we did a pretty good job on Christiansen tonight (he had 82 yards on 18 carries).”
But it was Banuelos’ play at quarterback that impressed him.
“And our defense played well,” Doze said. “We just gave up some really big plays that we didn’t need to give away.”
His team (1-2) will play at Sublette next week.
Bamberger is looking ahead to the district play next week and knows his team has some things to sort out yet.
“Every game counts and we just feel that we have so much work to do during the week. We’ve got some things we really need to clean up and start playing better football when the games really count,” he said.