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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lions make playoffs despite loss to Mill Valley

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  • It was 13-8 Mill Valley early, but the Jaguars kept their motor running and won 68-8 at Lansing on Friday. “We were in that game and all of a sudden they come right back and score,” head coach Bill Pekarek said. The second play of the game was a 76-yard touchdown run by quarterback Logan Koch, who ran for six scores on the night. “We couldn’t stop them,” Pekarek said. “We knew we had to stop their quarterback and that’s what we focused on and we couldn’t do it.” Despite the loss, the Lions did make the playoffs with a 1-2 district record after Washington beat Schlagle 16-0 to force a three-way tie. Lansing acquired more points than them and got the runner-up spot in the district and will play at Bishop Miege in the 5A Kansas State Playoffs on Friday. Koch would score his second touchdown two minutes after the first one, but Lansing responded with a 35-yard touchdown throw from Krystian Abbott to Khalil Bailey. A trick play would score the two-point conversion to make it 13-8, but that would be the last Lions score. It was 33-8 after one quarter, 47-8 at the half and 61-8 after three quarters. The touchdowns not scored by Koch were a 41-yard run, 22-yard run, 9-yard run and an interception return. The Lions punted five times, fumbled three times, turned it over on downs twice, threw an interception and scored a touchdown. The Jaguars got pressure on Abbott and stuffed the running attack much of the night. There were drives the Lions moved the ball into Jaguars territory, but Mill Valley would force turnovers. Abbott went 15-31 with 125 yards to go with the touchdown and interception. Hector Porter and Jordan Girard combined for 16 carries for 56 yards. Bailey caught seven passes for 73 yards and a score.
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