Olathe North stays perfect, tops Leavenworth
By Sam Sherman The Leavenworth Times
It was no secret that Leavenworth High School's matchup against Olathe North was going to be an uphill battle for the Pioneers from the start.
But after senior wide receiver Isaiah Ross broke off a 44-yard run to begin Leavenworth's opening drive and senior quarterback Landry Hodges finished the drive off with a keeper for the touchdown and the lead, optimism soared in Pioneer Field.
Unfortunately, it didn't last long.
The Eagles regrouped and reeled off 19 straight points to end the first half, and once they had the lead, Olathe North flew away with it.
Not that the Pioneers didn't have their chances.
"We should've won the game," head coach Mark Littrell said. "When you play teams like that, you have to be at the top of your game. Our kids played with great effort, I was happy with how hard they played, we just have to play smart all the time."
A rushing touchdown from Ross opened the second half for the Pioneers and closed the lead. But immediately after, Leavenworth failed to convert a subsequent Ross interception into points and Leavenworth's chance at the upset quickly drifted away.
Senior offensive lineman Alex Mendoza said he knows all too well that the Pioneers had their shot.
Behind Mendoza and the rest of the offensive line, senior running back Sanchez Williams was able to rush for a team-high 83 yards, with Ross following closely behind him with 73 yards on the ground. Littrell said the Pioneers presence up front was a nice change of pace, as the offensive line opened up the middle for Williams the entire night.
However, Mendoza said the Pioneers have to stop making such untimely mistakes.
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