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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneers looking to grab playoff spot

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  • One more game remains for the Leavenworth Pioneers this season, but more games will come if Leavenworth can jump over Lawrence in the district standings. The Pioneers are seven points behind Lawrence for second place in the district. “There are so many different scenarios that we’d be here all day talking about them,” head coach Mark Littrell said. He added that he’s just going to focus on winning and see how Lawrence did against Free State afterwards. Leavenworth (3-5) plays at Wyandotte (3-5), who has lost its past two games by a combined 80 points. Free State put 55 points on them and Lawrence scored 81 on the Bulldogs last week, but Wyandotte quarterback Dimonic McKinzy has more than 2,100 passing yards and 400 rushing yards this season. “He’ll get outside so we’ve got to contain him and make sure we don’t give him anything in his escape lanes,” Littrell said. The University of Minnesota commit has 32 total touchdowns this season, including five through the air last week against Lawrence. Littrell said there have been some defensive mistakes made during practice this week, but he said the players have learned what their assignments are for this game. “They’ve picked it up and they understand the urgencies involved and what we have to do,” Littrell said. The escape ability has limited sacks on the versatile quarterback this season. “The film I’ve watched of him, he’s only been sacked once or twice,” Littrell said. “He buys a lot of time so they are going to have to cover the receivers for a long time.” McKinzy has a few main targets he goes to, so defensive back play will be something to watch. “We’ve just got to play smart and make sure we get our coverages right and not have nay blown assignments,” Littrell said. The Bulldogs have three receivers with more than 30 catches, 500 yards and five touchdowns. However, the defense has allowed more than 37 points per game, so Landry Hodges, Jason Randall and Isaiah Ross will be looking to put up big numbers. With so much rainfall this week, Littrell did say the field conditions could become a concern since Sumner and Atchison played on the Wyandotte field on Thursday. But he added that he is confident his players can handle the conditions.
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