He came back this past season after surgery and proved to be even more dangerous. Working on his passing game in the offseason and, with the infusion of sophomore wideout Jimmy Campbell and the emergence of junior Christian Ecker, Lyons added another arrow in his quiver.
“It’s one of the more unsung, incredible stories. He was a running QB by trade, and people said you can beat H-W by letting him throw,” said Morency, whose father, Roger, and sister Mary Alice are both Bates graduates. “And against Amesbury, Trev threw for over 300 yards and people saw him throw to a target on the run. He threw the fade ball like it was his bread and butter.”
Lyons would break the H-W single-season passing touchdown record in his final game with the Generals on Thanksgiving against Ipswich. He finished with 15 on the season, including a single-game record tying four TDs against North Reading.
“A lot of teams thought we’d be in shotgun almost every play having me back there, but we didn’t go away from the drop back from under center,” Lyons said. “So I worked on that and our fades and all our other routes. The timing was the key thing.”
Morency said that Lyons’ graduating will signal the end of an era in Generals’ football.
“I told people I don’t think we are going to see another Trevor Lyons in a long time, if ever,” he said. “He had 40 rushing TDs, 25 passing TDs (and 6 receiving TDs) in his career. He had a hand in over 70 touchdowns. It’s insane thinking about it that way,” Morency said. “He’s a modest kid who is going to downplay it all, which I think shows true greatness.”
When asked about the heavy praises received from his high school coach, Lyons felt honored but believes the H-W community is bound to produce more great players.
“It feels good, but I know with the program and the coaches at the high school, and at the youth levels there will be someone coming up and taking charge and being a leader,” Lyons said. “That’s what our community thrives at.”