Lyons may have the chance to start right away with the departure of Trevor Smith, who led Bates to a 5-3 record last year with 487 yards rushing and five touchdowns. The Bobcats also graduated starting running back and former Pingree star Patrick George, so the team will need to get rushing yards from somewhere.
“We are very excited to have Trevor as part of our program,” Harriman explained. “His athletic ability and competitive nature are exactly the traits we are looking for in a QB.”
Lyons’ hard work has a tendency to yield results in a hurry. His high school coach, Andrew Morency, can speak to that.
“I think Trev, as a freshman, was a small kid looking to make a big impact. He isn’t a lanky kid, but he isn’t that big. He doesn’t throw it 100 yards. He’s certainly blessed with speed, but to me, he came out of nowhere as an underdog,” Morency said. “To me, he’s a (Doug) Flutie type of player who’s always making plays, twisting and turning and staying on his feet to get first downs or make whatever play you need.”
While his passing game was in its early stages of development his junior year, Lyons relied on his most natural ability — his speed. Behind a big offensive line, Lyons dashed his way for 1,420 yards, a single-season Generals’ record. Using the read-draw play with running back Elliot Burr, he also tied the program’s single-game points record with 30 in a game against Bishop Fenwick. H-W went undefeated and won its first playoff game (over longtime Cape Ann League foe Newburyport) before falling 16-14 to Bourne Academy in the Division 3A Super Bowl.
Lyons hit senior Matt Putur on a 44-yard touchdown pass to give the Generals a first-half lead in the Super Bowl, but the throw actually separated Lyons’ shoulder and he was out for the rest of the game.