Pioneers record key homecoming win/BLHS holds off Lansing

Just what the Pioneer fans ordered and the players and coaches needed.

After a disappointing three-game losing streak squashed the momentum of a 2-0 start, the Leavenworth Pioneers’ football team came out Friday night for homecoming looking to reignite its sense of hope and ignite a potential postseason push.

Behind first half touchdown runs by Devin Johnston and Andrew Ativie in the first half, the Pioneers defeated Shawnee Mission North, 17-7, to move to 3-3 overall and get back into that winning groove with two weeks left in the regular season.

Johnston (25 carries, 107 yards rushing, 2-yard scoring run), Ativie (three carries, 38 yards, 29-yard touchdown, one reception for 42 yards) and Ingeon Jung (25-yard field goal, 1:18 left to go) led the Pioneer scoring attack.

“This is great, it’s my homecoming game, it’s perfect,” Ativie said. “It is amazing and the momentum we will get from this game is crazy. We were tired of losing and we showed it today. We hadn’t been doing what we were supposed to do…at practice we really stepped down and put our foot down to get the win.

“We just need to keep working hard at practice and do what we do best.”

The Pioneers needed the win and they delivered at their most vulnerable point of the season.

“This was big time and when you get up to a 14-0 lead, we just have to get that mindset of putting people away and can’t be complacent,” LVHS head coach Mark Littrell said. “That’s been part of our problem the past three weeks. We have to get over that and we did. I was proud of them. We did what we needed to do.

“This point we will take that win any way we can get it. The kids don’t’ give up, they keep working.”

The win moves the Pioneers to 3-3 which also could push them up from their No. 12 Class 5A East standing they faced heading into the game.

“If we can get to 4-4 it gives you a chance to be a No. 8 seed and you can host,” Littrell said. “That’s what we are shooting for right now

Basehor holds on to beat Lansing

Two teams coming off losses a week ago battled it out Friday in an intense and competitive affair that saw the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats move to 5-1 on the season with a 21-13 win over the visiting Lansing Lions (1-5) Friday night.

Nolan Ford scored on a 7-yard run, Marlon McDaniel added a 3-yard run and Dylan Mussett hit Matt McKnight on a 29-yard scoring pass to put BLHS up by the final margin after Lansing pulled withingone point.

"I thought that we got back to playing physical football tonight,” BLHS head coach Rod Stallbaumer said. “I was pleased with how hard our running backs ran and the level of aggression our offensive line played with tonight.  We still turned the ball over too many times however.  Our defense is lacking a little confidence right now which has made them a little undisciplined, so we had too many penalties and assignment mistakes." 

"It was a hard fought game and field position make a big difference.  In the second quarter we won that battle and in the third quarter Lansing won that battle. We still have a lot of lessons to learn but it's always nicer to learn them in a win."  

Lansing got scores from Joe Dill (1-yard run) and Calvin Thomas (12-yard run).

“It was a very intriguing game, very competitive and I am very proud of our kids,” Lansing head coach John McCall said. “We came out of halftime, came back. We had some big, explosive plays in the passing game and the point production increased, but it wasn’t enough. We needed to score on that last series of the fourth quarter.

“The kids were having a great time and having fun and representing themselves well. We just came up a score shot. Unfortunately, that’s what happened in most of our games. When a football team loses by one score, that’s my fault. We are going to get right back at it again.