Leavenworth pounds Wyandotte

By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 26, 2012 - 11:25 PM



His eyes were blood-shot, cheeks redder than apples and his hair was plastered to a sweat-soaked head.

Yet there stood Judson Cole, following his final game as Leavenworth’s starting quarterback, smiling contagiously while thinking of the memories that filled the very locker room surrounding him.

“We had a couple rough rides, but there were so many good times and this was one of them,” Cole said. “We are family and we are going to stay a family. The relationship we have will last forever.”

Four years ago, Cole along with 15 other Pioneer seniors began their football careers at LHS. Since then, the program has risen from the depths of obscurity and now, thanks in large part to this upper-class group, has a brighter future than ever before.

“It’s sort of come full circle,” LV senior linebacker Jesse Colver said. “Being here since our freshman year and taking our lickings when we got them and now, we are the team delivering the blows. It feels great.”

On Friday, the Leavenworth football program said good-bye to the leaders of its resurrection the best way possible — by demolishing visiting Wyandotte.

The Pioneers took three minutes to score its first touchdown, a 13-yard run by Isaiah Ross. Ninety seconds later, the team was up 21-0 and at half, the home team held a mind-boggling 62-6 advantage.

Following 24 minutes of running clock, Leavenworth gave its 2012 seniors a final gift — a 62-22 victory.

“This is the exact way that I wanted the seniors to go out,” Pioneer coach Kevin Kopecky said. “When I got here three years ago, they were sophomores and I knew then that they were a talented group. It’s going to be tough replacing them.”

Following Leavenworth’s first TD, Wyandotte muffed the proceeding kickoff and TJ Stinson recovered the loose ball in the end zone for another Pioneer score.

The next possession ended with a botched punt by the visitors. Jason Randall needed just one play to race for a 10-yard TD run, so at 7:21 in the first quarter, Leavenworth led 21-0.

“The history here isn’t the best so it’s always great to get off to that good of a start,” Kopecky said. “It’s very important.”

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