Immaculatta goes out a winner
By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Leavenworth, Kan. — The Immaculata football team sent its seniors out with a victory on Thursday night, the Raiders earning a 36-24 win over Jefferson County North in the final game of the season. Immaculata had trailed at halftime, but came out strong in the second half to take the win.
Head coach Sean Sachen said the staff had challenged the team during the week to make this game a good one to end on.
“We talked all week about how the seniors want to end their career, whether or not we move on, if they want to go out with a victory or leave with a sour taste in their mouth,” Sachen said. “That sour taste goes for the younger kids too. We thought if we could pull this game out it would be good motivation to work in the offseason and they responded.”
For the seniors, the game will make for a great memory.
“I think it’s what every senior wants to do, go out on a win,” quarterback Corey Leintz said. “Every year I’ve been here we’ve lost the last game of the year and every senior has cried,” Colin Parker added. “One thing I notice this year is that no one is crying, we’re all happy and that’s awesome.”
“It feels really good, especially since it’s my first year,” Eric Haynes echoed. “I really enjoy playing with these guys, and to win the last game of the season is something I’ve never done before.”
After taking a 16-14 deficit into the locker room at the half, Immaculata came out to take the lead near the midpoint of the third quarter. A drive helped by a long run by Brandon Wall was capped with a four-yard touchdown carry by Dustin Jostmeyer at the 6:09 mark, but the Raiders failed on the two-point conversion to go up just 20-16.
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