Lyon plays first game in 64 years, falls to Tabor 45-21
BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) Lyon College played its first football game in 64 years, falling to Tabor College 45-21 on Saturday.
The last time Lyon played football – in 1951 – it was known as Arkansas College. This year’s team has 94 players, including 54 true freshmen and only one senior.
Lyon led 14-10 at halftime but Tabor scored the first 35 points of the second half to lead 45-14 on Marco Smith’s 2-yard touchdown run with 12:43 left.
Joseph Donnell led Tabor with 140 yards rushing and Smith added 100 yards – each with two TD runs.
Michael Bowles ran 28 times for 231 yards and two touchdowns for Lyon.
Tabor, from Hillsboro, Kansas, was ranked 22nd in the NAIA Football Coaches’ preseason poll.