Led by a career passing night from junior Carson Jacobs, Thomas More Prep-Marian ended its first season under David Bowen on a positive note, rolling to a 45-12 victory over winless Lyons in a non-playoff game Friday at Lewis Field Stadium.
Jacobs had five touchdown passes and threw for more than 200 yards for the Monarchs, who wrapped up the season with a 3-6 mark after missing out on the playoffs.
Jacobs hit freshman Jace Wentling for a 23-yard TD on the Monarchs’ first possession and Kaleb Hagans then scored on a 3-yard run for the Monarchs’ only rushing touchdown of the night.
In the second quarter, Jacobs threw touchdown passes to Wentling (48 yards), Jack Johnson (14 yards) and Alex Schwartz (33 yards). He found Bryce Hickman for a 21-yard touchdown late in the third quarter for the only score of the second half.
“I talked to them before the game and at halftime, and I told them, ‘Championship teams have to be able run the ball, but if we’re having success doing something, I don’t want to be the kind of coach that shies away from it,’ ” Bowen said. “We were having some success (through the air). We continued to try to run the ball and it just wasn’t clicking for us, so we went with what worked.”
TMP led 39-12 at halftime, with the Lions scored on the final play off the half. After Jacobs was unable to get a hold down on a long field goal attempt, his desperation pass was picked off by Trenton Troyer and returned 65 yards for a pick six.
Lyons’ first touchdown came on a 62-yard touchdown run from Ismael Reyes late in the first quarter but TMP answered with 23 straight points.
“When you’re having an up-and-down season, it’s very important to end on a high note, and that’s what we talked about all week,” Bowen said. “Lyons was going to come in here and try to get their first win of the year, which means they weren’t just going to give it to us. I’m very proud of the way we stepped up.”
Bowen said it was a special night for his seven-player senior class of Schwartz, Hagans, Hickman, Johnson, Hunter Jacobs, Grant Ginther and Connor Staab.
“Proud of these seniors,” Bowen said. “What a way to go out.”
Lyons finished 0-9 for the third straight year and is still searching for its first win since the 2015 season.