Lansing gets past Schlagle

By Sam Sherman The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 9:50 PM



The Lansing Lions coaching staff faced a dilemma this week in preparation for their second round of district play against F.L. Schlagle.
 
Schlagle (4-4, 0-2 districts) had played and lost to Leavenworth High School the week before, and the film that the Lion coaches used to scout Schlagle was the film from their Leavenworth game. While focusing on the Stallions in blue and gold, it'd be hard for anyone's eyes to not wander to the other side of the ball.
 
The Lansing-Leavenworth matchup has been on the entire community's mind since it was first announced this summer. Now with the historic game days away, McCall said his staff made a concerted effort to not focus on the Pioneers during the Schlagle preparation.
 
As the saying goes, you can't count your chickens before they hatch.
 
"We just need to do a better job, because we're going to have the toughest game of our season coming up this week," McCall said. "We made a commitment as a program that our goal was to be 2-0 in district play and we'd worry about our week nine game after this game was over."
 
Yet, the film study of the Stallions didn't show exactly what the Lions saw Thursday night during their 21-8 victory.
It seems F.L. Schlagle had some film study of their own. And after the Lions rushed for 268 yards last week against Washington, the Stallions came prepared to battle in the trenches.
 
"We saw that they play off but this week they kind of pressed on us on wide receivers," senior wide receiver Kenneth Banks said. "They kind of brought their safeties up and played the run because we ran so well last week."
The result was a wide open spaces over the top for the Lions.