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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lancers too much for Pioneers

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  • Shawnee Mission East dominated the line of scrimmage against the Leavenworth Pioneers and it propelled them to a 34-0 win in the season opener on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.
    The Lancers were able to run the ball effectively with an option offense and the Pioneers were able to get a couple bursts on the ground, but were never able to consistently run it.
    Senior running back Jason Randall carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards.
    "We couldn't do anything to get Jason out and in the open," said head coach Mark Littrell. "They had a good scheme and we just didn't get the job down up front, basically is all it boils down to."
    The first quarter stayed relatively quiet with the Pioneers turning it over on downs and punting twice, but Leavenworth was able to recover a Lancers fumble inside the five-yard line to stop a threatening drive.
    It was the second quarter that gave a big edge to the Lancers.
    SM East had three touchdown drives and picked off Pioneers' junior quarterback Landry Hodges.
    The first score came about three minutes into the quarter when the Lancers threw a 21-yard touchdown.
    After the Hodges interception, SM East ate up clock on a 14-play touchdown drive that ended with a 1-yard quarterback keeper up the middle with 2:54 left before half.
    Leavenworth had a three-and-out on the ensuing drive, and it gave the Lancers enough time to get a 5-yard touchdown run to cap off a four-play drive that started on the Pioneer 37 after a long punt return.
    The third quarter started off pretty good for the Pioneers. SM East had a nice drive going, but Jared Donnelson recovered a fumble to give Leavenworth the ball at the Lancers 45-yard line.
    The Pioneers couldn't take advantage as they went three-and-out and gave the ball to the Lancers at the Leavenworth 25-yard line after a high snap to the punter.
    Leavenworth got the ball back quickly after that because SM East fumbled it again three plays later. But the Pioneers had to settle for another punt.
    "We tried to make the adjustments, but some nights it's just like that," Littrell said.
    The Lancers added their fourth touchdown on the next drive and scored again early in the fourth quarter.
    The extra point after the fourth touchdown was blocked by junior Juwan Potts.
    Besides the two fumble recoveries, the other roar of the crowd from the Leavenworth side was late in the third quarter when Hodges threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Isaiah Ross, but it was called back for holding and Leavenworth ended up punting a couple of plays later.
    The Pioneers have a short week as they host Shawnee Mission North at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We've just got to get back to work on Monday," Littrell said. "The kids will come in and watch the film and we'll use this to get better."
    Area Scores
    Immaculata 18, Sumner 58
    Drew Sachen went 5-for-11 passing with an interception.
    He also led the team with 11 tackles.
    Sachen recovered a fumble and ran 83 yards for a touchdown.
    Justin Varney went 4-for-14 with a touchdown.
    Tonganoxie 58, Lansing 42
    This shootout had several big stats put up, but none bigger than Tonganoxie runnings back Cole Holloway's 213 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
    Lansing quarterback Krystian Abbott went 22-for-40 with 330 yards and a touchdown.
    Lansing reciever Khalil Bailey had five catches for 91 yards. He also returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
    Pleasant Ridge 16, Atchison 35
    Pleasant Ridge was up 8-0 in the second quarter, but Atchison pulled away the rest of the game.
    Pleasant Ridge quarterback Nick Holmes had 124 yards rushing and a touchdown.
    The Rams got 247 yards on the ground as a team.
    Basehor-Linwood 27, Bishop Ward 6
    Maur Hill-Mount Academy 26, Oskaloosa 30
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