September 24, 2012 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:31 am
Dylan Flynn had a game that would make fantasy football owners salivate.
During Liberty’s 56-20 thrashing of Sand Creek in the 4A Pikes Peak Conference opener the do-it-all playmaker had four catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns, four rushes for 65 yards and a score and a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He also completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Tristen Wagner.
“After we lost to Cañon City we were hyped up for Sand Creek,” said Flynn, who accounted for 365 yards and five touchdowns. “That pass I threw wasn’t the best pass, but Tristen made a nice catch and it was cool to score in a different way.”
This season Flynn has scored 11 touchdowns in four games and his Lancers are 3-1 after going 3-7 last year.
He’s a three-year starter who has earned postseason accolades as a defensive back and wide receiver.
“Dylan is a quiet leader who leads by example in the community, the classroom and on the practice field,” Liberty coach Jaron Cohen said. “He was a unanimous choice on a team vote as captain, which is a testament to the respect he has from his peers.”
It’s easy for the Lancers to get the ball to Flynn in positions where he can succeed — his father, Shawn, is the offensive coordinator.
“My dad knows my strengths and knows how to help me be successful in any game, depending on the team we’re playing,” said Flynn, who hopes to play football in college and study cinema. “The football talk really never stops in our house and my dad is always game-planning during the week.”
To call Flynn simply a “receiver” wouldn’t do the 5-foot-8, 165-pound sparkplug justice.
“He is one of the most versatile players I have coached, and he can be a game changer as a returner, receiver or rusher,” Cohen added. “Dylan is one of the hardest-working kids I have ever coached and always has a positive attitude. I don’t think he has ever missed an off-season workout or practice.”