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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Steers running back Noah Jilek (21) dives into the end zone during the first quarter of the Steers 43-9 win at Vernon Friday night. Jilek finished with career highs in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Graham Steers trample Lions on the road

Noah Jilek posted season highs in touchdowns and rushing yards and the defense continued to shine. With 230 rushing yards and three touchdowns from the junior running back and a second-half shutout by the defense, the Steers improve to 3-0 in 3-4AII with a 43-9 road win over the Vernon Lions.

It was a tale of two halves for the Steers Friday night at Lions Stadium. Penalities and a near-turnover in the end zone plagued the Steers in the first half. 

It was clear from the start that the Steers are focusing on the running game. Of 55 offensive plays without penalty, the Steers ran the ball 43 times. It was the most amount of rushes for the team since the Sept. 23 loss in Wichita Falls against Hirschi. The team combined for a season-high 346 rushing yards. Six different Steers recorded carries in the game. 

The Steers opened up the game with a touchdown earned on the back of Jilek. He scored from the goal line with 9:47 remaining in the first quarter. Ty Thompson had a successful two-point conversion throw to Tre Alveraz to give the Steers an 8-0 lead. 

For the rest of the story, see the Oct. 27 edition of The Graham Leader.

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