Hopes of 3-0 start for LVHS dashed in defeat/BLHS rolls again while Lansing, Rams fall

 

A 2-0 start to the 2017 football season gave birth to new hope and brighter projections for the near future of the Leavenworth High Pioneers.

On Friday night, that excited buzz was dealt a healthy dose of humility by visiting North Kansas City Hornets in the LVHS home opener who entered the contest winless.

However, the Pioneer guests from the east side of the border used exceptional speed advantages all over the field and a crucial run of dominance in the second quarter to set the pace in a 27-6 win over the disappointed Pioneers.

Leavenworth (2-1) was outgunned 363-114 in total yardage, yet still had more first downs - 13 to 11 - than the Hornets. The two teams combined for five turnovers.

“They were athletic, we knew that and we knew they’d be ready to play,” LVHS head coach Mark Littrell said. “They are a good football team, despite their record, which we preached all week, you can’t look at the record. You can’t compare. They have been preparing for eight weeks (with the earlier season start in Missouri). They were more physical than we were and they punched us in the mouth and we needed to punch back. We didn’t do that, on either side of the ball.”

Robert McKinley went 11-for-35 for 84 yards passing for the Pioneers, while Devin Johnson ran 22 times for 64 yards. Andrew Ativie, Vershawn Adams and Jaden Masterson all had three catches for the Pioneers, who saw McKinley sacked three times and hurried in the backfield another dozen times or so.

The first quarter was a scoreless stalemate that illustrated both teams' positives and negatives including the Hornets' abundant athleticism and speed that made things tough for a Pioneer offense that struggled in their first two games.

Then the next 12 minutes saw North Kansas City (1-4) take command with two quick-strike scores and a kickoff return for a touchdown.

LVHS did mount one solid drive in the latter stages of the second quarter, but had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by Ingeon Jung, but most of the time the Pioneers had to ward off multiple Hornets who were able to penetrate the offensive line in quick time.

Jung added a 42-yard field goal 36 seconds before the half to pull the hosts to within 20-6 as the team's moved to halftime a few moments later.

Needing a good start to the second half, the Pioneers were ripped for the third time on the ground by stellar Hornet running back Clayton Price who scored on the first drive of the third quarter to go up 27-6.

The last quarter saw a number of potential openings for the Pioneers to get some momentum, but they could never fully take advantage and the two clubs played to a scoreless stalemate the rest of the way.

“We knew they were a good football team,” Littrell said. “Their defensive end (Adetomiwa Adebawore) is as good as anyone around and (Price) they ran him more times than they had. They were more physical and we got to regroup because we have a short week with Shawnee Mission South on Thursday.”


OTHER SCORES

Shawnee Mission North 29, LANSING 20

The host Lions led early, played poorly in the middle quarters and then made things interesting before falling, 29-20 to North (1-2) on Friday night.

The host Lions got two touchdown runs by Jahleal Sweet (seven carries, 44 yards) and an 18-yard touchdown pass from Nate Johnson to Calvin Thomas to account for the Lansing (1-2) scoring.


BASEHOR-LINWOOD 63, Turner 0

The Bobcats moved to 3-0 on the season and have now outscored their opponents 173-0 in the first three games after last night’s 63-0 rout of Turner in Kansas City.

Dylan Mussett (71 yards passing), Matt McKnight (51 yards rushing) and T.J. Williams (41 yards rushing) paced the Bobcat attack as the BLHS defense also scored three times on interceptions brought back for scores.

“The defense played very well, offensively we are still a work in progress,” BLHS head coach Rod Stallbaumer said. “I was pleased our effort and we need to continue to improve and work to get better."

Jefferson County North 58, PLEASANT RIDGE 20

The Rams fell behind 44-6 by halftime and could not recover in a loss at JCN.

Brendan Baragary ran for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (0-3), while freshmen Keaton Comer and Jake Heckman also added scoring runs for Pleasant Ridge.

Quarterback Baragary finished with 137 all-purpose yards.

The Rams fell behind 44-6 by halftime and could not recover in a loss at JCN.

Brendan Baragary ran for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (0-3), while freshmen Keaton Comer and Jake Heckman also added scoring runs for Pleasant Ridge.

Quarterback Baragary finished with 137 all-purpose yards.

“We played much better offensively tonight and consistently moved the ball,” Rams’ head coach Patrick McCollim said. “I am real proud of how the offensive line played and the backs ran hard.  We had a very bad night on special teams which is what put this game out of reach for us.  We will build on the positives and get ready for next week while addressing our issues.”