The third week of high school football has arrived and teams continue their push through the year.
For the Pleasant Ridge Rams, the Friday night matchup will also be the homecoming game. The 1-1 Rams look to rebound after last week’s 18-0 loss to Troy. Their opponent is the McLouth Bulldogs, who are also 1-1 coming off of a 28-12 victory over Jefferson County North.
Due to poor field conditions, the matchup between the Rams and Bulldogs has been moved to Pioneer Stadium at Leavenworth High School.
The Leavenworth Times will be covering the game this Friday. Follow our Twitter @LVTSportsGuy for updates.
The Leavenworth Pioneers travel to Basehor-Linwood for the first road game in the Pioneers’ season. Leavenworth is coming off of a 41-12 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest. The 0-2 Pioneers are looking to secure the first victory over a tough Bobcats team. Coach Mark Littrell said both sides need to play strong to win.
“We need to make sure that we stay on our blocks on offense and maintain our level of focus for 48 minutes,” Littrell said. “We need to do a better job of tackling and taking the correct angle on our pursuit.”
To achieve this, the Pioneers are focusing on the same key areas that they do every week, players doing what they are coached to do and playing hard with great effort.
The Pioneers’ opponent this week is a Bobcats team coming off of a narrow 14-13 loss to Lansing last Friday. Head coach Rod Stallbaumer said that focus will be a key area at practice this week.
“We had too many unforced penalties last week that killed drives,” Stallbaumer said. “We will be working to get all 11 players on the same page working together for a common goal.”
Stallbaumer said the loss will bring increased determination to fix the mistakes from last week.
Despite the Pioneers being 0-2, Stallbaumer sees the Pioneers as a dangerous team.
“Leavenworth is a very dangerous team,” Stallbaumer said. “Their DL is very similar to ours in the fact that they are strong and athletic and capable of putting a lot of pressure on the QB and pursue well to the ball. Our pre-snap decision making process in our passing and option game will be critical to handling that pressure. Offensively they provide a lot of challenges as well as they have an athletic QB who is capable of making plays both passing and with his feet. They can line up and play both power football and spread you out and throw as well. It will require a total team effort on both sides of the ball to be successful on Friday.”
The Lansing Lions are coming off of a 14-13 thriller against the Bobcats. Unlike the other area teams, the Lions will play Thursday when they travel to play the Shawnee Mission South Raiders. The Raiders enter the game 2-0 beating Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission West by a combined score of 50-6. The Lions look to capture the second win under first-year head coach Dylan Brown.