SM South earns first win
By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Missteps, miscues and mistakes defined Leavenworth football’s 2012 home opener on Friday.
After going toe-to-toe with Shawnee Mission South for nearly two quarters, self-inflicted blunders haunted and ultimately doomed the Pioneers. By game’s end, the home team lost 17-3 to the visiting Raiders.
“It was terrible,” LV coach Kevin Kopecky said. “I don’t know what the reason was for all the mistakes, but it’s just disappointing. The effort was there, but all the mistakes, penalties, turnovers; you can’t do that and expect to play good football.”
Things didn’t start out that bad for the Pioneers. Under a cacophony of cheers, the Pioneers opened with the first offensive play from scrimmage, an eight-yard run by running back Jason Randall. However, after a quick first down, LV was forced to punt.
On Shawnee Mission South’s first drive, the Raiders leaned heavily on star running back Gabe Guild. The plan worked until the 12-play drive stalled outside the Leavenworth red zone. The visitors settled for a 44-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead with 1:32 left in the quarter.
The Pioneers second possession again began fast. Randall rushed for 13 yards and then three plays later quarterback Judson Cole hit receiver Isaiah Ross for a 37-yard pass. Despite the surge though, Leavenworth was limited to a field goal, a 27-yard kick by Cole midway through the second period that split the uprights/
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