The Lansing Lions played strong, but mental errors killed drives in their 34-7 loss to De Soto.
The Wildcats struck first on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead less than three minutes in the game.
The Lions answered with a strong drive following the Wildcats touchdown, but Lansing could not convert on fourth down turning the ball over.
Another touchdown midway through the second quarter extended the lead to 14.
A costly fumble by Lansing gave the Wildcats excellent field position and De Soto scored on the following play to go up 21-0 right before halftime.
The Lions scored in the third quarter to make it 21-7, but another Wildcats touchdown made the score 28-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Lansing played well at times, but fumbles, penalties and not capitalizing on De Soto turnovers kept the Lions from getting into a rhythm for much of the game.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Lions head coach Dylan Brown said. “It sucks that we keep making mistakes, but at the same time, we know that it’s our own destiny. We’ll be ok.”
Brown said he feels like the Lions have been competitive in all three of their losses, but the mistakes have hurt the team.
He mentioned how players sometimes want to make the heroic plays on every play and that’s causing mistakes.
The Lions fell to 1-3, while De Soto improved to 4-0 on the year.
The Lions travel to Leavenworth for a renewal of the rivalry.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams earned their third victory of the year with a 38-0 win over Atchison County Community High School.
The Rams are now 3-1 on the year and will play 2-2 Nemaha Central next Friday at the University of Saint Mary.
Basehor-Linwood improved to 3-1 with their 50-0 victory over Shawnee Heights.
Basehor-Linwood will return home next Friday for homecoming when they host 1-3 Turner.
The Leavenworth Pioneers achieved their first victory of the season with an 82-21 victory over The Turner Golden Bears.
The Pioneers are now 1-3 on the year.
They will return home next week for a homecoming rivalry game against the 1-3 Lansing Lions.