The Lyman High School football team had a better 2019 season then their 5-5 record would indicate: Three of the Eagles’ losses came at the hands of some talented non-conference competition, and after posting a 4-2 record in the 2A West, head coach Dale Anderson’s team earned a berth in the 2A State Playoffs.
Lyman fell to a tough Thermopolis squad 49-14 in the opening round of state, though that doesn’t detract from what the Eagles accomplished this season. For their efforts, Lyman placed eight players on the 2A West All-Conference team (second only to 2A state champion Mountain View in west), with three of those players earning All-State honors. The Eagles will only lose five seniors to graduation, so next year’s team should be able to make some noise in the 2A West.
“We felt pretty good as a team going into the season,” Anderson said. “We were picked to finish near the bottom, so that’s a credit to our kids for coming out and working hard, being able to earn that second-place finish in the conference. We were excited about it.”
Eagles named to the 2A West All-Conference team include: Seniors Preston Brewer, Richie Brewer, Hunter Gines, Hagen Lamoreaux and Blake Palmer; juniors Hansen Bradshaw and Carter Smith and sophomore Briggs Richards.
“You like to be able to reward those kids for their hard work and their time and effort,” Anderson said of his honorees. “It’s great for them to get that recognition. All those kids that made it were kids who contributed on both sides of the ball and were a big part of our success. It really was such a real team effort, so it’s fun to see them rewarded.”
Lamoreaux, Bradshaw and Preston Brewer also received 2A All-State honors from the Wyoming Coaches Association.
The only LHS senior to be named to the All-State roster, Lamoreaux was the workhorse on the ground for the Eagles, leading the team with 885 yards on 163 carries and 11 touchdowns. The former quarterback had three games of 180 yards rushing or more, including 194 yards on 34 attempts in a 6-0 win over Big Piney in week eight.
“Hagen had a great season,” Anderson said. “He had been our starting quarterback for a couple of years, but we had a kid come in with some QB experience, so we needed a running back. He made that transition, and he was really excited about it. He’s just a good, hard-nosed, tough kid. He’s a coaches’ dream — a great leader for us, both vocally and by example.”
A two-way standout, Lamoreaux led the team in defensive points with 151, averaging 18.9 points per game. He finished the season with 80 tackles, including 49 solo and six for a loss; he also picked off four passes and recovered a fumble.
“In my opinion, he [Lamoreaux] was one of the better linebackers around,” Anderson said. “For him being a little under-sized at that position, he was just a tough kid.”
A two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines, Bradshaw was third on the team in defensive points with 109. The junior finished with 65 tackles (10 for a loss) and five sacks; He was also a punishing run blocker on offense.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a better lineman than Hansen, he’s a big, tough kid,” Anderson said. “We found that teams tried to run away from him, and he still had some good stats. And on offense, he was the guy we were trying to run behind to take advantage of his size and strength — when he hits you, he packs a little bit of a punch. Luckily, we get him back next season.”
A force to be reckoned with at defensive end, Brewer’s 10 sacks on the season was tops in the state in 2A. The junior was fourth in the state in defensive points per game with 17.6, finishing with 76 tackles (18 solo) and 141 points. In a 38-7 win over Kemmerer in week two, Brewer finished with 29 defensive points, behind 12 tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.
“Preston really became a disruption for us,” Anderson said. “We moved him around a little bit, did some different things with him. He’s a pretty athletic kid, and caused some problems for offenses.”
As a fullback, Brewer toted the ball 22 times for 218 yards and a touchdown; he also caught seven passes out of the backfield for 93 yards and a score. Chances are whenever a teammate scored from the backfield or broke a long run, it was behind a block by Brewer.
“Offensively, he [Brewer] did a little bit of everything,” Anderson said. “He played some fullback, a little receiver, some running back. He’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades in the backfield. He’s a very unselfish player — he just did what we needed him to do. All three of those kids [Lamoreaux, Bradshaw and Brewer] were great examples of that.”