Lansing stays grounded to beat Washington
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
On a cool fall night the Lansing Lions ran over the Washington Wildcats literally, as the Lions won by a score of 29 - 14.
The Lions did not complete a pass the entire game on their way to victory in the first night of district football. It was also senior night. Senior Lucas Mein was the workhorse for the Lions as he rushed for over 200 yards.
The Lions punter help set up the scoring when senior Brad Brown, gave the Wildcats the ball on their own 5 yard line. After the Wildcats went three and out the Lions had the ball on a short field and that was when Senior Lucas Mein put his team on his back. Mein started the scoring with a 3 yard run with 4:34 of the first quarter. Brad Brown converted the PAT, to make the score 7-0.
The Wildcats moved the ball slowly down the field with a mix of running and passing by the offense, and answered when Kalem Harrison scored on a 1 yard quarterback sneak. The Wildcats went for the two point conversion as Harrison found Lloyd Stanfield in the corner of the end zone giving the Wildcats an 8-7 lead.
The Lions took over with 3:30 second left in the first half again Mein picked off right where he had left off. One of his runs was a 20 yard run with tremendous downfield blocking by the wide receiver Kenneth Banks. The blocking of his wide receivers did not go unnoticed by Lions Head Coach Bill Pekarek.
“I don’t think I have ever been in a game where we did not complete a pass, but the blocking that our receivers did was very good, Banks blocking set up one touchdown,” Pekarek said. “And the receivers blocking on the long run by Mein, was the reason he scored.”
The third quarter had no scoring as Washington tried to slow down the game and keep it close. In the fourth quarter Mein would have none of that as he out-ran the defense on a 54 yard touchdown run, giving him his third TD of the evening. Mein was not finished though, he is also the holder on the Extra points and when the snap was bad he just powered his way into the end zone, making the score 22-8.
The Lions got on the board one more time when Christian Porter, took a hand-off out of the shotgun formation, and scored on a 15 yard run. Brown converted making the score 29-8.
The Wildcats did muster a final score when Harrison, hit Lloyd Stanfield with a five yard touchdown pass. The two point conversion failed making the final 29-14.
The night belonged to Mein, but he gave credit to his teammates.
“I am proud of my guys,” Mein said. “I love my guys. Sometimes this year we had a hard time running the ball, but tonight we ran the ball really well. And since this is senior night, we all still feel it.”
Lansing improves their record to 2-5 and next week they travel to Schlagle. Washington now stands at 3-4 and they will travel to Mill Valley next week.
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