Lynn edges Brilliant 19-12 for region win

By BARRY BARNETT, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/21/19

LYNN — The Lynn Bears and Brilliant Tigers came into their Friday night match-up with identical 1-2 records and with each team also looking for their first region win.

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Lynn edges Brilliant 19-12 for region win

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LYNN — The Lynn Bears and Brilliant Tigers came into their Friday night match-up with identical 1-2 records and with each team also looking for their first region win.

Once the game started, the teams treated the Homecoming crowd at David Posey Memorial Field in Lynn to a contest every bit as tight as the records would indicate.

The game was in doubt until the final play, when Lynn successfully defended a Tiger pass attempt to the endzone to preserve a 19-12 victory.

Lynn got off to a good start, holding the ball for almost nine minutes on its first drive. Then, on fourth down and two from the Tiger five-yard line, a fumbled pitch resulted in a Brilliant recovery and no points for the Bears. The first quarter ended with the score 0-0.

Midway through the second quarter, a good rush by Lynn forced a short Tiger punt, and the Bears took over at midfield. Quarterback Brandon Hill started the drive with a nifty 29-yard run. Five plays later, Griffin Lynn put the Bears on the scoreboard, receiving the option pitch from Hill and outrunning the defense around left end to give Lynn the 6-0 lead.

On the second play of Lynn’s next drive, a fumble once again proved costly, as they turned the ball over to Brilliant deep in Bear territory. The Tigers scored in only two plays, with the touchdown coming on a 19-yard pass from Kade Bryant to Braden O’Mary, resulting in a 6-6 tie as the teams headed to intermission.

Brilliant received the ball to start the second half and had a good drive going until an interception by Griffin Lynn gave the ball back to the Bears. They then completed a 35-yard drive with an 18-yard pass from Hill to Lynn for the touchdown. The PAT was good, and the Bears led 13-6 with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Early in the final period, Brilliant came up with an interception of their own, and Bryant returned this one 55 yards, all the way for the defensive touchdown, to narrow the score to 13-12.

After the kickoff, Lynn went on the march again, covering 59 yards in five plays.

The big play in the drive was a 44-yard pass from Hill to Jacob Rivera to put the Bears in business at the 3-yard line. Griffin Lynn blasted into the endzone on the next play, and the Bears extended the lead to 19-12.

The teams then exchanged punts, and Brandon Hill’s kick sailed 50 yards, backing the Tigers up to their own 21 with 4:15 left in the game. The Tigers held the ball for that entire time, with the game remaining in doubt until Bryant’s desperation heave on fourth and six from the Lynn 29 fell incomplete as time expired.

Lynn moves to 2-2 with the win and steps out of region play next week on the road at Waterloo.