Lansing edges Schlage to make playoffs
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
In an exciting Class 5A District 2 game, Lansing held on to beat Schlagle 27-26 and assure itself that it is going to be in the Kansas playoffs. The game went back and forth, both teams fighting with the playoffs in sight. The game was filled with penalties on both teams but the Lions will be in the post-season.
The scoring started with a 28-yard pass from Stallions quarterback DeVante Sayles to DeAnte Ambler. The conversion was no good due to a bad snap making the score 6-0.
The Lions answered back when Krystian Abbott connected to Khalil Bailey on a 37 yard strike. The drive was kept alive when Abbott on a fourth and three, got the Stallions to jump offside, with a hard count. The two point conversion run failed so the score was tied at 6-6.
With three minutes, nine seconds left in the first half the Stallions recovered a fumble and moved the ball down the 4-yard line and J’Veyon Browning ran for a touchdown with: 41 seconds left in the half. The two point conversion pass was incomplete, giving Schlagle a 12-6 lead.
Lansing’s Khalil Bailey returned the kick-off into Schlagle territory. Bailey then caught a long pass from Abbott and got the ball to the 2-yard line. With: 19 left in the half Lucas Mein carried the ball in for the score. Brad Brown kicked the extra point to give the Lions the lead 13-12.
In the third quarter the Stallions took the lead when Browning scored on a shifty 13-yard run. Browning was not finished he ran in the two point conversion, making the score 20-13.
Lansing took over near mid-field and with the help of three penalties, two pass interference calls and a personal foul, Mein scored his second touchdown from two yards out. Brown was good on the conversion tying the score at 20.
Schlagle fumbled the kick-off and Lansing took over on the Stallions 34. On third and nine, Abbott hit Christian Porter with a pass in the flat and Porter rumbled down to the 14-yard line. On the next play Mein took a Jet-sweep and found the end zone. Brown was good again with the conversion, giving Lansing a 27-20 lead.
Schlagle drove the length of the field, and on fourth and goal from the 5-yard line, Browning took a handoff and bounced to the outside and scored a touchdown. At this point Stallions’ head coach Martez Wesley went for the 2-point conversion, and the run was stone-walled by the Lions’ defensive line.
The Lions tried to run out the clock but the Stallions made them punt, and took over on their own 33 yard line with 2:13 to play. Lucas Mein then intercepted a pass to seal the victory.
Mein who scored three touchdowns gave the credit to his defensive lineman for stopping the last 2-point run.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Mein said. “The defensive line made the stop when they had to. I am speechless.”
The win gives Lansing a 3-5 record, and they have to travel to Mill Valley next week to play for the district championship. With the loss Schlagle is at 4-4, and next week they will play Washington.
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