Medina Journal-Register — PEMBROKE — Snapping a season opening two game losing streak, the Lyndonville Tigers downed the Western New York Dragons 22-8 Saturday in a Northeastern Football Alliance contest at the Pembroke Town Park.
Touchdowns by Clay Johnson, Gary LeFrois and Rob Williams spearheaded the Lyndonville attack.
The Tigers defense unit likewise had a big day forcing six Dragon turnovers including two interceptions and a fumble recovery by AJ Cleveland, two fumble recoveries by Adam Hausfelder and an interception by Brad Ralph. Jon Ostrander also chipped in with a sack.
Lyndonville jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on a 24 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Denver Mackintosh to LeFrois capping the Tigers game opening drive.
The Dragon did answer back with a short touchdown run and a two-point conversion to grab what proved to be a short lived 8-6 lead.
Lyndonville pulled back into an 8-8 tie early in the second quarter with a safety. The Tigers then capitalized on a Cleveland fumble recovery late in the quarter to score the go-ahead touchdown. Mackintosh competed passes of 16 yards to Williams and eight yards to Dereck Adams before Johnson broke loose on a 10 yard touchdown run to put the Tigers back on top to stay at 14-8.
The Tigers nearly had another score earlier in the quarter driving to the Dragons one yard line after Mackintosh had a big 28 yard gain. However, a busted play resulted in a 15 yard loss ending the scoring threat.
Cleveland stopped the Dragons last drive of the half with a pass interception.
Lyndonville upped the advantage to 22-8 in the third quarter on a 22 yard touchdown run by Williams as Mackintosh hooked up with LeFrois for the two-point conversion pass completion. That same combination of Mackintosh to LeFrois also connected for a big 40 yard pass completion to open the drive quickly putting the Tigers in scoring position.
The Lyndonville defense did the rest stopping four of the Dragons final five possessions on turnovers. That big string included a fumble recovery by Hausfelder late in the third quarter and then an interception by Cleveland, an interception by Ralph and another fumble recovery by Hausfelder in the final stanza.
Cleveland’s interception and return set Lyndonville up at the Dragons 11 but the Tigers were unable to capitalize as a lost fumble wiped out the opportunity.
Lyndonville next hosts the Jamestown Chiefs at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pembroke Town Park.