Leavenworth opens season with a win
By Sam Sherman The Leavenworth Times
Let the record show that the 2014 Pioneer football season began inside the one-yard line.
After a deep punt from Great Bend High School was pinned at the half-yard line, the offense took its first snaps of the season. And behind the running of senior wide receiver Isaiah Ross and junior wide receiver Johnny Heath and the arm of senior quarterback Landry Hodges, the Pioneers proceeded to march.
When the dust settled, it was clear — the first touchdown of the season for the Pioneers was scored on an 11-play, 99-and-a-half yard drive, but the Pioneers weren't finished.
Filing behind a stifling Pioneer defense, Leavenworth won its season opener for only the second time in the last seven years with a 19-0 victory against the Great Bend Panthers.
Following the game, Littrell praised his team for their effort and performance, yet left them with a warning.
"Don't let this game be the defining moment of the season."
While the Pioneers are now undefeated to begin the year, Littrell said there's much more work to be done.
"I want them to be happy with the win, but I don't want to be satisfied," Littrell said. "We have to come back Monday and get ready to go, and get ready to prepare and get ready for a good Lawrence team."
A big question mark coming into the game was the Pioneers running-back situation. With senior Nick Starnes, junior Sanchez Williams and sophomore Wade Jackson all set to touch the ball Friday night, Littrell said the race still hasn't been narrowed down.
As a whole, Leavenworth rushed for 187 yards, filing behind the running of Sanchez who finished with 56 yards on 10 carries. Ross ran for 40 yards on seven carries and added another 20 yards of receiving. Heath led the team in receiving yards, catching two balls for 47 yards.
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