Physical offense, defense leads Lions to 40-14 victory at home

After eight games of the 2015 regular season, there is little doubt about the strength of the varsity football team from Lansing High School.

The defensive front seven and offensive lines of the Lions demonstrated their ability and execution again on Wednesday night at home against F.L. Schlagle, leading Lansing to a 40-14 win.

“We ran some different things tonight that gave our kids some angles and allowed them to be successful against their defense,” Lions’ head coach John McCall said. “If we find something that we like, we are going to stay there until we see some adjustments. Our defense prepared well and we did some great things in all three phases of the game tonight. We challenge them to get better each week and that’s not going to stop.”

The game started out with the Lansing defense forcing a punt, then the offense going 86 yards in 10 plays with junior Quinton McQuillan finding the end zone from eight yards out to take a 7-0 lead with 5:59 left in the opening quarter.

After recovering a loose ball on the ensuing kickoff, McQuillan visited the end zone again from three yards out. The extra point kick was no good, and the Lions held a 13-0 lead with 3:17 to play.

On the second play of the next Schlagle drive, senior De’Waun Wilkes intercepted a pass and returned it 26 yards for another Lions touchdown. The two-point conversion play failed, and Lansing commanded a 19-0 lead with 2:17 left in the first quarter.

The Lions’ defense forced another punt, and that led to another long drive for Lansing. When McQuillan dove into the end zone for a third time, there was 7:47 left in the first half and his team took complete control with a 26-0 lead.

The only scoring activity for the remainder of the half was a 20-yard field goal attempt by the Lions which sailed wide left, and the half ended with Lansing holding that same 26-0 advantage.

The Lions received the second half kickoff and made good use of the possession, going 53 yards in nine plays as senior Steve Ray got in on the touchdown party. With 6:45 left in the third quarter, Lansing was now up 33-0.

The score would hold right there through the remainder of the third quarter, and wouldn’t be changed until there was 8:53 left in the contest.

Schlagle found the end zone with a pass play off a Lions’ turnover, and converted their two-point attempt to make the score 33-8.

Lansing would quickly expand its lead, however, getting a 62-yard touchdown run from senior Zack Schneider on the second play of the ensuing drive. With 8:02 left to play, the Lions led 40-8.

Schlagle would add another touchdown with just 56.9 left to play, creating the final score of 40-14.

Lansing rushed for 353 yards as a team, led by Schneider’s 161 yards on just eight carries. The Lions gave up just 120 yards of total offense to the Stallions, including limiting them to only 34 yards on the ground.

Lansing improves to 5-3 overall and 2-0, +42 in district play on the season. The Lions will host the Leavenworth Pioneers looking for a district championship a week from Friday.

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