Lansing tops Bishop Ward for first win

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 6, 2012 - 7:53 AM



The Lansing Lions lit up the scoreboard as they got their first win of the season as they beat the Bishop Ward Cyclones 50 – 21. It was a battle of youth in this Kaw Valley matchup, because both schools have inexperienced skill position players.
 
The Lions scored first on a 7-yard run from Lucas Mein. Mein was not finished, as the Lions faked the kick and Mein hit Elijah Parks for the two point conversion, and the Lions were off and running.  After a quick three and out, the Lions quarterback Krystian Abbott struck fast with a 59 yard pass to Khalil Bailey. Brad Brown kicked the point after making the score 15-0.
 
The Cyclones got on the board as Bryan Barnhart completed a 34 yard strike to Xavier Tucker. Andrew Schneider made the PAT.
 
Lansing had time for one more score before the half, as Abbott and Bailey connected for a 38 yard touchdown. Brown converted and the score at the half was 22-7.
 
Lansing dominated the third quarter on both sides of the ball. Christian Porter intercepted and returned it for six. Mein had a 10-yard run his second TD. Abbott connected with Bailey for a third touchdown this time on a well-executed play action pass of 31 yards. Brown was true on all three of his PAT’s and at the end of three the score was Lansing on top 43-7.
 
The fourth quarter began when the Cyclones Barnhart hit Tucker for their second 34 yard touchdown. Schneider was good with the kick, making the score 43-14.
 
Lansing answered back with a 43 yard run by Porter and Brown converted one more time.
 
The Cyclones closed out the scoring when Barnhart threw his third touchdown of the night. The pass went for 12 yards to Jared Paulakovich. Schneider converted again, making the final score 50-21.
 
Lansing Coach Pekarek talked about the team’s first victory.
 
“It’s a challenge when you are 0-5, because the kids are not getting rewarded for all of their hard work,” Pekarek said. “Tonight we showed improvement, and progress in all areas. A good job on defense, special teams we thought we would be able to block a punt and we came close, but we had good return yardage, and pinned them down a couple of times. We did have a few things, working in the passing game.”
 
Ward’s Coach Tim Dorian was proud of the way his team played hard for four quarters.
 
“The most important thing I can say about my team is they have not quit,” Dorian said. “This squad has been together since spring practice and only one person has quit the team, and that was after two practices. We were close in the first half, but had some problems later. I am proud of the effort we have had all year.”
 
The Lansing Lions improved their record to 1-5 and their next opponent will be the Washington Wildcats. Bishop Ward Cyclones dropped to 0-6 and will host the Sumner Sabers next week.