On a cool Friday night, the Lansing football team ran over visiting Washington in nearly every way possible.
Behind a 200-plus yard rushing performance from Lucas Mein, the Lions defeated the Wildcats 29-14.
“I am proud of my guys,” Mein said of his offensive line. “I love my guys. Sometimes this year we had a hard time running the ball, but tonight we ran the ball really well. And since this is senior night, we all still feel it.”
The Lions did not complete a pass the entire game as they marched their way to victory in the first night of district playoff football. Mein was the workhorse for the Lions as he rushed for over 200 yards.
Lansing’s punter Brad Brown help set up the home team’s first touchdown, pinning the Wildcats on their own five-yard line.
After Washington went three and out, the Lions had a short field and eventually saw Mein run in a three-yard touchdown with four minutes left in the first quarter. Brad Brown converted the extra point to make the score 7-0.
The Wildcats answered when Kalem Harrison scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak, then converted the two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead.
With 3:30 left in the first half, Mein picked off right where he had left off. Thanks to the down field blocking by wide receiver Kenneth Banks, Mein ripped a 20-yard run for Lansing’s second TD. The blocking did not go unnoticed by Lansing head coach Bill Pekarek.
“I don’t think I have ever been in a game where we did not complete a pass, but the blocking that our receivers did was very good,” Pekarek said. “Banks’ blocking set up one touchdown and then the other receivers blocking on the long run by Mein set up another.”
The third quarter went scoreless, leading into the fourth quarter with Lansing sat up 14-8. Mein burst open the period when he ran for a 54-yard touchdown run, giving him his third TD of the evening. Mein then converted a botched snap into two-points.
The Lions got on the board again as Christian Porter took a hand-off out of a shotgun formation and scored on a 15-yard run. Brown converted the extra point to make the score 29-8.
Washington mustered one last drive, a five-yard TD pass, but the two point conversion failed and Lansing went on to win 29-14.
Lansing, 2-5, will travel to Schlagle next Friday for a 7 p.m. game.