Leavenworth grabs win over SM Northwest
By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Amid laughter, shouts and cheers, Pioneer linebacker Josh Ammel stood to his full 6-foot-3-inch frame in a isolated corner of a cramped locker room.
He spoke of teamwork, heart and then, in his low, baritone voice, delivered one final message.
“Losing is no longer a thought at Leavenworth.”
After the evening the linebacker and the rest of the Pioneer defense just put together, the boast was well deserved.
“They are starting to feel like they can win and that was the biggest thing when I got here, they didn’t have that,” LV coach Kevin Kopecky said. “This group of seniors have been with me all three years and have bought into what we have done. I think we can be a dangerous football team when we get some confidence.”
Leavenworth began the game with the ball Friday and wasted little time. On the first play, Cole hit Jeff George for a 42-yard bomb. However, the drive stalled and the Cougars had good field position after a failed fake punt attempt.
The turnover allowed the Pioneer offense to again march down the field before ultimately punting. Northwest did the same minutes later and the first quarter ended scoreless.
In the second, the game opened up. On the ninth play of the period’s first drive, Cole found George for a seven-yard TD strike. The extra point made the score 7-0 LV with eight minutes until half.
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