Sacred Heart sophomore quarterback Chase Lyles threw for 181 yards and four touchdowns and junior running back Michael Hohne ran for 165 yards and 260 all-purpose yards as the Sacred Heart Gremlins downed Derrick Thomas Charter Academy 27-14 Saturday night at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.
“That’s the most balance we’ve had this season between rushing and passing,” said Sacred Heart Coach Ben Lyles. “We had a game earlier where we had over 400 yards total offense and over 300 of those were in the air.”
Sacred Heart improved to 4-3 overall and won their second straight. Derrick Thomas Charter Academy fell to 3-4.
After holding the visitors from Kansas City on downs on their first possession, Sacred Heart marched 45 yards with Lyles capping the drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Smeltzer. Caleb Tanguay booted the extra point and the Gremlins led 7-0 after the first quarter.
After the Gremlin defense forced a three-and-out early in the second quarter, Lyles connected with Deyaire Marshall on a 14-yard scoring strike to put the Gremlins up 14-0.
Sacred Heart took advantage of a turnover and Lyles hit Jack Smith with a 19-yard TD pass as the Gremlins took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
On Sacred Heart’s second possession of the third quarter, Lyles found Hohne with a screen pass out in the flat and the junior took it 71 yards for a TD to close out the Gremlins’ scoring. Derrick Thomas Academy blocked the extra point.
“We are really excited about the direction the program is headed,” said Lyles. “We have just three seniors. We have all our skill position people back. If we can get four or five players out of our upcoming classes and get some kids out of the youth league, I think our program will hit its stride in about a year and a half.”
Sacred Heart travels to 0-7 Rich Hill Friday and will close out their regular season Oct 19 in Columbia against Father Tolton, who had one win as of this writing.
“We are third in our district behind Tipton and Cole Camp,” said Lyles. “We are only one one-thousandth of a point behind Cole Camp so we’re looking good for the playoffs.” Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.