Lansing gets needed win over Tonganoxie

By The Leavenworth Times staff
Posted: October 8, 2011 - 12:37 AM

The Lansing football team spoiled Tonganoxie’s homecoming Friday night, using a big third quarter to take a 37-7 win over the Chieftains. With district play beginning next week, head coach Bill Pekarek said the victory was important to his squad.

“I think the win was important,” Pekarek said, but added it was overshadowed by several injuries ranging from a broken leg to concussions. “We had some injuries, five or six guys came out with injuries that we’re a little worried about. It seemed like every time we turned around someone else was coming out. That wasn’t good at all.”

Despite the adversity, the Lions came on strong at the end to take the 30-point win and improve to 3-3 overall.

The Lions turned the ball over twice and were up just 13-0 after the first half, then saw Tonganoxie get within a score when the Chieftains struck first in the third quarter. The Lansing running game heated up in the third, however, and scored three touchdowns to create some space.

“We were sluggish in the first half, but we turned it up in the second,” Pekarek said. “Our defense played well all game, but offensively we didn’t move it like we needed to in that first half.”

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