By Terry Boehmker
DAYTON, Ky. – The only thing Lloyd football coach Eric Turner had to complain about after getting his first varsity victory on Friday was the cooler of ice water his players dumped on him following a 63-12 win over Dayton.
“I never had one of those before and they feel just as cold as they look,” Turner said
with a smile.
The first-year head coach didn’t mind the chilling victory celebration after watching the Juggernauts’ performance during their first home game of the season.
In the first half, Lloyd scored on all five of its offensive possessions and the defense picked up 12 points by returning a fumble recovery and pass interception for touchdowns.
Turner started reserve players on offense in the second half and they scored two more touchdowns to cap off the big victory.
Lloyd finished with 487 total yards (392 rushing, 95 passing) while holding Dayton to less than 200 yards in total offense.
“We came out focused and we played well offensively and defensively,” Turner said. “Overall, I’m very proud of them. They worked really hard all summer and I’m just glad they got a win to reward them for all their hard work.”
In last week’s season-opener, Lloyd got off to a shaky start and lost to Marion County, 28-16. Things were much different in Friday’s game. The Juggernauts took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and increased it to 49-12 by halftime.
Lloyd senior running back Brian Warren scored three times in the first half on runs of 9, 1 and 47 yards. The team’s other offensive standout was junior quarterback Hayden Molitor, who completed six of eight passes for 95 yards during the team’s early scoring spree.
“As long as our linemen stay on their blocks and provide me with protection to pass the ball we should do good,” Molitor said. “It all starts up front. If they’re doing well, our offense is doing well.”
Lloyd’s third touchdown came on an impressive play by freshman linebacker Justin Durham. While he was sacking Dayton senior quarterback Robbie Hayes, the ball popped loose. Durham scooped up the fumble and took it nine yards into the end zone.
Lloyd’s other defensive touchdown was scored by Molitor, who is also a starting safety. He intercepted a halfback option pass and returned it 37 yards for a pick-six.
“That was my first one,” Molitor said. “I’ve had a few interceptions before, but it was nice to finally get one and take it all the way back (for a touchdown).”
Dayton scored on two big plays in the second quarter. Senior wide receiver Alex Miller caught a pass from Hayes and broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown. The Greendevils’ other TD came on 90-yard kickoff return by Hayes.
But those two plays did not cast much of a shadow on the dominating performance turned in by the Juggernauts.
“We were hitting on all cylinders in that first half and it really came together for us,” Turner said.
“This is definitely something we can build off of,” the coach added. “There’s things we can look at and say, ‘We need to work on these things.’ But overall this win is definitely something we can continue to work off of.”
at DAYTON 0-12-0-0–12
L-Warren 9 run (Guitierez kick)
L-Warren 1 run (Gaines pass from Molitor)
L-Durham 9 fumble return (kick failed)
D-Miller 61 pass from Hayes (pass failed)
L-Gabbard 1 run (Guitierez kick)
L-Molitor 37 interception return (Guitierez kick)
L-Warren 47 run (Guitierez kick)
D-Hayes 90 kickoff return (pass failed)
L-Grant 6 run (Guitierez kick)
L-Townsend 1 run (Guitierez kick)
L-Holmes 15 run (Guitierez kick)
RECORDS: Lloyd 1-1, Dayton 1-1.
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