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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Banks nearly leads three-score comeback

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  • Junior Kenneth Banks is used to lining up to catch passes, but he was throwing them in the fourth quarter with the Lions down 42-21. Starting quarterback Krystian Abbott left the game with an injury after completing a 29-yard pass to junior Collin McQuillan. It was unclear whether the junior got hurt on that play or after being sacked two plays earlier. But Banks came in and the rally began. He handed it off to senior receiver Khalil Bailey and completed two passes to senior Ben Johnson before taking it in himself for a 20-yard touchdown. The deficit was 14 with 6:25 left. An onside kick failed, but the Lansing defense forced a three-and-out. Then the Banks show came back on. He completed six passes in a row to three different receivers and finished it off with a 12-yard touchdown run. With 3:21 left and down by seven, an onside kicked failed again, but Schlagle went three-and-out again. Lansing would have it on their own 32 with 1:33 remaining, but the Lions would only get to the Schlagle 43 before turning it over on downs and fall 42-35. “He didn’t get a lot of reps in practice,” head coach Bill Pekarek said about Banks with a slight laugh.” He did pretty good.” From the opening kick, the Lions were in a hole. The Stallions would score on a 25-yard drive to start the game after recovering a Lansing fumble on the kickoff. Another fumble led to a 45-yard drive to make it 14-0 in the first quarter. “The effort was there at the end, but we came out flat and didn’t make anything happen,” Pekarek said.” Abbott would complete big passes to Bailey and senior Hector Porter on the next drive to get within seven late in the first. He found Porter from nine yards out. The Stallions would go up 28-7after a 12-yard score on 4th and 6 and a long interception return for another score. After a touchdown run by Porter, Schlagel gave Lansing the ball on the Stallions’ 26-yard line, but Porter would fumble and keep the score the same. In the third quarter, Abbott would hook up with Bailey for 66 yards after Schlagle made it a 20-point game. A 79-yard Schlagle score made it 42-21 in the third. The Lansing defense would get stops and Banks would score twice, but Schlagle held on to make both teams 1-1 in district play. Lansing still holds second place over Schlagle because of the points system heading into next week’s game against Mill Valley.
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