Lathrop just keeps winning

By David Horn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 29, 2012 - 7:17 AM

Mike Thompson wouldn't consider Lathrop's season thus far lucky, but maybe a bit fortunate.

The Mules coach watched his charges defeat North Platte 39-7 on Friday night at North Platte High School. Lathrop's rejuvenated season picked up where it left off after last year's upset of rival Lawson -- a first for the Mules in the series since 1998. Yet, Lathrop needed to survive a lackluster first half before running its current winning streak to three.

"I think we just had a hard time getting fired up," Thompson said. "On the other side of that, I thought they played extremely well. They were flying around. They were playing physical; they were playing fast. They had a good scheme for what we were doing offensively. Then on their side of the ball, they were just running the football at us getting 3-4 yards a pop."

North Platte kept the Mules on their toes all through the first half.

Facing a one-point deficit going into the second half, Thompson finally adjusted to stop North Platte's spread option attack. The Panthers committed three turnovers in the first half, unable to take advantage of the early stalemate. North Platte led 7-6 after the first quarter due to a missed Lathrop PAT kick, but the Mules were up 18-7 by halftime.

"We were fortunate enough to get some turnovers," Thompson said, "and we needed them. We did not play well in the first half."

Lathrop senior running back Tyson May rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries, and Robert Askren scored two of Lathrop's three second-half touchdowns. The Mules scored the final 33 points and kept themselves in contention for a share of the KCI title, their lone loss to unbeaten league leader Hamilton three weeks ago.

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