Sacred Heart’s football program began to emerge with the naming of Ben Lyles as the Gremlins head coach in 2011 and his son Chase as the starting quarterback the same season.
“Not only is Chase a great athlete but he’s a great leader for our students at Sacred Heart,” said Sacred Heart Principal Dr. Mark Register.
With the father on the sidelines and his son barking signals under center, the Gremlins made it all the way to the Class 1 district title game where they lost to perennial state title contender Tipton in 2011. In Chase Lyles’ sophomore season, the Gremlins finished 8-4, defeated Kaysinger Conference foe Cole Camp in the Class 1 sectionals on a cold, breezy night at Jennie Jaynes Stadium before losing to Tipton in the quarterfinals.
As a freshman, Lyles threw for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns and had several more rushing touchdowns. The 6-foot sophomore exceeded both of those totals his sophomore season. He made All District and All Kaysinger Conference as a freshman. Awards for his sophomore year had not been release as of this writing.
Calls to his father and coach, seeking his son’s two-year stats, were not returned.
Lyles began playing football in sixth grade in the Sedalia Youth Football League, then the Smith-Cotton Junior High School for two years and then transferred to Sacred Heart his freshman season.
He started playing basketball in the fourth grade in the Park and Rec League at Convention Hall, then played traveling basketball for his father, then two years at the Smith-Cotton Junior High School, and is now in his second season of varsity basketball at Sacred Heart.
Those thinking football would be his favorite sport would be wrong.
“My favorite is basketball,” said Lyles with a giggle. “I played it first and I’ve played it longer.”
Lyles is pretty sharp in the classroom. He has a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and plans to take the ACT this month He is a past member of the National Junior Honor Society and looks to be inducted into the National Honor Society his junior year.
Lyles wants to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia to major in sports medicine. He is undecided about playing sports in college. His father played football for the late coach Larry Smith at MU.
Lyles’ high school athletic highlight came when the Gremlins came from behind to beat Cole Camp in the sectionals this fall.
Lyles has four brothers and sisters: Max Lyles, 2; Trent Lyles, 12; Isabelle Lyles, 7; and Addison Lyles, 5.
He is the son of Beth and Ben Lyles, Sedalia.