Countdown to FNL: Lyons

The top two players in the Lyons backfield are both juniors, but they're juniors who got valuable experience last year. Here's a closer look at Lyons Township.

Lyons Township in La Grange is another member of the talented West Suburban Silver conference. Finishing 7-5 last year meant a playoff berth, and they made good use of it, but Lyons, like most teams, won't be satisfied until they're playing in a 14th game.

It all starts with the ground game for Lyons. Junior Leonard Ross, who already holds an offer from Illinois, should get a healthy dose of carries this year and will be expected to establish the ground game.

Ross isn't an absolute burner, but he's physical, has great vision and balance, and can run both inside and outside well. He had a successful year last year, but it will be interesting to see how he does now that other teams will be keying on him.

Complementing Ross and the run game is quarterback Tom Fiedler. Also a junior, Fiedler will be the conductor of the offense. It will be critical that he and Ross are on the same page, and having Ross as a receiving option out of the backfield should be a huge help.

The slate is far from easy, but here are a couple games that could have a big impact on Lyons' season:

Nowhere to Run: 9/20 v. Glenbard West

Glenbard West boasts one of the most stout run defenses in the state almost every year. Not a good thing if you're a run-heavy offense. Lyons will need to do all they can on defense, but if they can crack the code a couple times on the ground game and play very efficient ball, they have a chance.

Rough Stretch of "Road": 9/27 at Downers Grove North and 10/5 at Hinsdale Central

Two playoff teams from last year who are both in that same range talent-wise and record-wise as teams. Following a matchup against Glenbard West, Lyons goes on the road for these two in back to back weeks. This is going to be a tough stretch, but getting 2 wins out of the three would be huge.

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