The Leavenworth Pioneers achieved their first win of the season at Turner by the whopping score of 83-21.
The Pioneers dominated the Golden Bears and never trailed in the big win.
Starting with great field position, Ja'Hawn Byrd scored his first of six touchdowns two minutes into the game. Byrd would end up rushing for 352 yards on the night, which was one more yard than the entire Golden Bears offense.
Leavenworth scored quick and often in the dominant first half. The Pioneers entered the locker room with a 62-21 halftime lead.
The Pioneers finished the night with 542 yards on offense.
Head coach Mark Littrell praised Byrd’s performance and nominated the back for the upcoming edition of the Athlete of the Week for the Leavenworth Times.
With the win, Leavenworth is now 1-3 on the year. They will return home Friday for their homecoming game as they take on 1-3 Lansing in a rivalry game.
The Lansing Lions entered last Friday’s game against De Soto looking to upset the 3-0 Wildcats, but like the two other losses for Lansing, mistakes cost the team a chance in their 34-7 loss at home.
“Unfortunately it is kind of the same story,” head coach Dylan Brown said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot a lot. The first drive we came down here and had a couple bad snaps back to back that ended that drive, then we had another drive that was a touchdown and it was called back on holding. Another bad snap, then a drive ended in a fumble after a good gain. Came out after half and had another drive end in a fumble right outside the red zone.”
Brown said he felt like the team had their best offensive performance in terms of yardage this season, but fumbles, penalties, bad snaps and dropped passes cost the Lions. Brown continued to say that he believes the Lions haven’t been overmatched in their three losses and the team will be OK if they fix the discipline issues.
With the big rivalry game this week against Leavenworth, Brown said the team will focus on themselves and work on strengthening schemes and plays.
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats improved to 3-1 on the year with their 50-0 victory over Shawnee Heights. The shutout victory also marked Rod Stallbaumer’s 100th career win as a head coach.
The Bobcats took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a Marlon McDaniel run of 60 yards and added two more scores from Nolan Ford and Dylan Mussett to Jacob Coleman in the second quarter to take a 20-0 lead at halftime.
Midway through the third, Basehor-Linwood added another touchdown pass from Mussett to Coleman to go up 27-0. On Shawnee Height’s following drive, Hunter Wohler threw an interception to Kyle Alcanter who returned it for a touchdown. Another turnover late in the third quarter by Shawnee Heights was returned for a touchdown by the Bobcats to go up 44-0 before Kaden Jacobson added the final touchdown for the Bobcats early in the fourth.
“I felt like this was our most complete game of the season,” Stallbaumer said. “Our guys played extremely unselfish and had a ton of guys contributing in all facets of the game. I feel like our offensive line played their best game of the season, they have been steadily getting better every week and won the LOS tonight. Defensively we played very disciplined all night."
The Bobcats return home Friday for their homecoming game against the Turner Golden Bears.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams beat Atchison County Community High School 38-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Despite five turnovers, the Rams dominated the Tigers on the night and the Rams held a 32-0 halftime lead.
Head coach Pat McCollim felt like the defense was strong on the night.
“Our defense played great all night,” McCollim said. “Allowed a total of 77 yards and scored twice on turnovers. Offensively we still had way too many turnovers, but the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all night allowing us to recover from the turnovers. Those guys are doing a great job – Hunter Wagner, Eli Schwinn, Carson Bertrand, Aiden Williams and Dawson Bertrand.”
The Rams will play another home game away from home this week. They will play at the University of Saint Mary where they will host Nemaha Central. After the Rams’ homecoming game at Leavenworth High School, McCollim said that this is one of the seasons in which the Rams have a lot of speed that will be able to benefit from a turf surface.