Back on the gridiron: Myles Lyngh

A five-year hiatus from organized football isn’t enough to keep Myles Lyngh away for a sixth season.

The Roncalli senior, most recently a backup running back for Saint Barnabas Catholic School as a sixth-grader, is expected to log minutes as a wide receiver for the defending Class 4A state champions.

Lyngh (pronounced Linj), previously a member of the Rebels’ basketball and track and field programs, is enjoying reconnecting with all aspects of the sport he first played in fourth-grade.

Roncalli opens the season Aug. 18 at home against Southport.

“When I was a sophomore, (former) coach (Bruce) Scifres tried to get me to play,” Lyngh said. “I didn’t really consider it because I played basketball and ran track. I had enough on my hands.

“This year I just didn’t want to have any regrets about not playing. I’m excited to play this season.”

Lyngh, who is 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, has good speed and leaping ability.

He is coming off a track season in which he placed second in the 800-meter run at the Warren Central Sectional and fifth at the Warriors’ regional a week later. His regional time of 2:01.19 barely eclipsed what he accomplished at sectional (2:01.88).

First-year Rebels coach Scott Marsh expects Lyngh to contribute offensively.

“Myles is an athlete,” he said. “He’s played basketball, run track, so it’s something where he’s taken to the sport like a duck to water.”

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.