SM Northwest holds off Leavenworth

By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 20, 2011 - 10:10 PM

Remarkably, there was still hope.

Considering the Leavenworth football team faced double-digit deficits twice in the fourth quarter Thursday night, a loss seemed inevitable. Yet it wasn’t, and there stood the Pioneers with a chance to win — there was still hope.

Moments early Pioneer running back Jason Randall exploded for a fourth and one, 14-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining. The strike put the score at 24-22 Shawnee Mission Northwest, and though Leavenworth only had one time out left, there was still hope.

Like a herd of cattle, the Leavenworth kick off team bunched up to the right side of the field and after the whistle blew stillness filled the air. A second later Leavenworth’s Judson Cole kicked the football straight into the ground. It bounced, end over end and diagonally 10 yards forward, where a Cougar awaited with open arms.

He hugged the ball to his chest, fell to the ground and secured the two point Northwest victory.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” Leavenworth head coach Kevin Kopecky said. “I thought we really battled. I’ve been really proud of this football team a lot and though we don’t have a lot to show it record wise, we are still a dangerous team.”

On the game’s opening drive, the Cougars pushed its first series all the way down to the Pioneers 23-yard line, where Leavenworth stiffened to force a 41-yard field goal. Alex Allen nailed it through giving the home team a 3-0 lead three minutes into the game.

Leavenworth was next to take its first crack on offense and after three short plays, the Pioneers punted from deep inside its red zone. The short punt gave Northwest great field position, but the Cougars fumbled the ball on Leavenworth’s 18 and the visitors pounced on it.