Another week of football is complete. Just like last week, there were thrilling wins and crushing defeats for the four area high schools and the University of Saint Mary.
In the thrilling category was the game between Basehor-Linwood at Lansing. The Lansing Lions rallied to beat the Bobcats 14-13 for head coach Dylan Brown’s first win.
Both teams played strong defense for much of the low-scoring game. Both teams finished the game with fewer than 300 yards of offense.
The Bobcats scored first late in the second quarter to have a 7-0 halftime lead. After the Lions tied the game in the third, Basehor-Linwood answered on the next drive after a big kickoff return, but a failed two-point conversion made the score 13-7 with 2:30 remaining in the third. Late in the fourth quarter, Lansing scored and converted on the point-after to lead by one. The Lions defense held Basehor-Linwood on its final drive to force a turnover on downs before the Lions ran out the clock to secure the victory. Both teams are now at 1-1 on the year.
“You saw the same things we did last week,” Bobcats coach Rod Stallbaumer said. “Except we didn’t get the discipline corrected. We killed ourselves offensively with penalties and put ourselves in bad situations. Lansing came out and played extremely hard and very well.”
Although the Bobcats lost, Stallbaumer was pleased to see his ground game have success. After the first week’s success primarily from passing, the Bobcats’ ground game was a positive. The Bobcats look to rebound with a home game against Leavenworth this Friday.
After multiple one-score losses last season when Brown was an assistant for the Lions, the new head coach pushed for his team to keep fighting this year. Against what Brown describes as a “very tough” Bobcats team, the Lions kept fighting after they were down and pulled out the thrilling victory.
“The fight our kids showed was something I haven’t seen around Lansing in a while,” Brown said. “Just coming back and fighting. Fighting to win a close game. Last year six of our seven losses were eight points or less. So we were in the same situation and were actually able to pull it out at the end. So that’s the positive I like to take.”
After the victory, Brown was awarded the game ball. The coach said he doesn’t plan on keeping the game ball as a trophy. He said he will eventually try to throw it back into the ball rotation.
Lansing travels to Shawnee Mission South this week for a Thursday night matchup.
The Leavenworth Pioneers fell in their second game of the year against Shawnee Mission Northwest 41-12. The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-2 on the season.
Turnovers and inconsistency derailed the Pioneers in the game.
“We need to keep improving in all areas of the game,” Pioneers coach Mark Littrell said. “We made too many costly mistakes.”
The mistakes hurt the Pioneers in a game that still had some standout moments. Jahan Byrd ran the ball for 108 yards and a touchdown on offense while also having three tackles, including a tackle for loss, and an interception on defense. The Pioneers finished with 336 total yards on offense, but two fumbles and three interceptions ended up costing the team. Despite the struggles, Littrell was able to take some positives from it.
“I felt like we played a lot better than what we did Week 1,” Littrell said. “We were down at half by one score, but we need to come out the second half and be more consistent.”
The Pleasant Ridge Rams fell in their home opener 18-0 to Troy.
The Rams struggled with multiple mental errors. Pleasant Ridge finished the night with 155 yards on offense and had multiple turnovers.
“We played solid defensively,” coach Pat McCollim said. “But had six turnovers and 100 yards of penalties. We shot ourselves in the foot too many times against too good of a team to produce any points.”
The Rams went in on Saturday to look at the film and begin their improvement for their third game of the season when they host McLouth this Friday.
The Saint Mary Spires almost completed the thrilling comeback on Saturday against Ottawa University 29-27.
After trailing 13-0 and 20-6, the Spires rallied to take the 27-20 lead with under four minutes remaining in the third quarter, but a late touchdown and field goal by the Braves took away the victory.
Head coach Jay Osborne was still proud of the Spires despite the team needing more work on finishing.
“As a team, we have some work to do,” Osborne said. “Our improvement is an ongoing process and I was very proud of the way the Spires stayed in the ballgame and fought back to take the lead. We are still working on finishing games. I want to make sure this team does not lose focus of the big picture and continues to live to the best of their abilities.”
The loss drops the Spires to 1-1 and puts them in a logjam for fourth place in the KCAC with four other teams.
The Spires will have a bye week this week. Osborne said it will be a chance to give the team time to continue to work on team building and to grow stronger. The Spires return to action Sept. 22 at Avila University. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.