The Lansing Lions had five different players score seven touchdowns in a 51-0 rout over Harmon on Friday night.
Luke Schneider would score two rushing touchdowns and add a third on a passing touchdown to Reece Thomas. Thomas would also add a rushing touchdown. Homecoming king Jourdan Bridgette, Derrick Robinson and Ethan Woods also scored for the Lions in a strong performance to win the homecoming game and improve to 3-3.
Head coach Dylan Brown was happy with the team’s performance on Friday. He said the team still has a few things to clean up on special teams, but overall he thought the night was solid.
One of the things that he said was “awesome” was the big score allowed younger players to come in and get playing time.
“It is great,” Brown said. “Those guys are the future of our program. So the more reps they can get, the better they can get. So it was awesome to see them get a lot. It’s just fun for those kids too because they work hard as well. They were in the weight room every day this summer too. So being able to see that come to a varsity field, not just a JV field, was cool.”
With two straight wins, Brown feels like the team is playing better and thinks they can finish the year strong.
The improved Lions will travel to Turner on Friday. The Golden Bears are 1-5 and are coming off of a 68-0 loss to Olathe West.
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats beat the De Soto Wildcats on Friday 35-27 to hand the first loss to the Wildcats.
The Bobcats went up 35-7 early in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats attempted to come back, but not enough time was left and Basehor-Linwood came out on top.
Head coach Rod Stallbaumer was pleased how the team played in the big win.
“I was very proud of how we handled some early adversity,” Stallbaumer said. “When they scored first, our guys didn’t let that phase them and they kept plugging away. I felt like it was another great team win in which we had a ton of players step up and contribute in a variety of ways and played very unselfishly. We had a big hit in the first quarter on defense that changed the tone of the game, we had a key scoop and score, some very big third- and fourth-down catches on tough, contested balls, some big blocks, tough runs on offense and some heads-up plays in the special teams as well. De Soto is a very good football team. Their kids don’t give up and they play hard. I think our guys learned a lot about playing on a high level for four full quarters. We didn’t play perfect by any stretch and we need to work on closing games out and we must continue to get better.”
The Bobcats and Wildcats are both 5-1 on the year now. Basehor-Linwood will travel to Atchison on Friday to take on the 3-3 Redmen. Atchison is coming off of a 42-7 loss to Louisburg.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams had a strong showing on Friday in their 52-22 win at Horton. The Rams started the game on a 30-0 run before Horton scored and led 36-16 at halftime.
The Rams finished the night with 436 yards on 37 plays and seven touchdowns. Jake Heckman led the team in rushing with 63 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Colton Comer led the team in passing going 7-for-8 for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
Head coach Pat McCollim was pleased with the offense and defense in the win but said the team still has improvements to make.
“We played a very solid game tonight on offense and defense but got beat on special teams,” McCollim said. “We must continue to improve each week and immediately fix our issues on special teams.”
The Rams are now 4-2 on the year and will play at Maur Hill this week. The Ravens are 5-1 and are coming off of a 40-8 win over Atchison County Community High School.
The Leavenworth Pioneers fell in their road conference matchup at Shawnee Heights 35-20.
The Pioneers got on the board first on a 63-yard run from Seth Drennan, but Shawnee Heights would answer right back with a 43-yard run from Hunter Wohler to tie the game. Both teams would trade another touchdown each to tie the game 14-14 going into the locker room at halftime, but three unanswered touchdowns by the Thunderbirds put Leavenworth in a 35-14 hole with seven minutes remaining. Robert McKinley would complete a pass to Keenan Brown to add another score for the Pioneers, but they still fell short.
Shawnee Heights outgunned Leavenworth in total yards 534 to 252 with 484 coming on the ground with Wohler, Davion Gardenhire and Freddy Masiberger IV all having more than 100 yards rushing.
The Pioneers racked up 154 yards on the ground with Drennan leading the game in rushing with 195 yards.
With the loss, Leavenworth fell to 1-5. The Pioneers will travel to the 3-3 Bonner Springs Braves. The Braves are coming off of a 40-3 win over Baldwin.