Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mission Valley Snaps Lyndon's 24-Game Flint Hills Streak 26-0

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mission Valley Snaps Lyndon's 24-Game Flint Hills Streak 26-0

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LYNDON -- Clay Phillips helped end Lyndon's 24-game Flint Hills League winning streak on both ends of the field in the fourth quarter Friday night, leading Mission Valley to a 26-20 victory against the five-time league champs.

First, Phillips broke a 20-all tie with a 60-yard touchdown run with 8:25 left in the game, streaking down the right sideline after dropping back to pass. And as Lyndon threatened late, Phillips came down with an interception with 1:29 to seal it.

Mission Valley is off to a 2-0 start after going 5-5 last season.

"It's a great win; we really needed it," Phillips said. "It's very important to us. Now we need keep our heads right, keep winning games and build on this."

Lyndon (1-1) led 20-12 at halftime but didn't score again. The Tigers punted three times in the second half and turned the ball over in their final two possessions in the fourth quarter.

"Obviously, things like that aren't going to last forever," Lyndon coach Brent Hoelting said of the league winning streak. "We didn't want it to end, but it's not going to define our season. We'll go back to work next week and try to start another one."

Phillips, a junior quarterback, finished with 144 yards rushing and two touchdown runs on 25 carries. He gave Mission Valley a 12-6 lead with a 19-yard TD run in the second quarter before his 60- yarder gave the Vikings the lead for good.

"I dropped back to pass, saw no one open and scrambled left and then back right," Phillips said of the game-changing TD run. "I saw a seam, got a block and went to the end zone."

Phillips also completed 6 of 11 passes for 81 yards, including a 13-yard TD pass to Cole Hodge. Hodge finished with 74 yards rushing, all in the second half, and tied the game with a 9-yard TD run and two-point conversion in the third quarter.

Defensively, Mission Valley limited Lyndon to 107 yards in the second half. The Vikings recovered a fumble with 7:29 left, and Phillips' interception stopped Lyndon's threat at the Mission Valley 33-yard line. …

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