Leavenworth dominates Lansing to win title
By Sam Sherman The Leavenworth Times
The only thing louder than the crowd right before the opening kickoff last night during the Leavenworth and Lansing High School football game was the statement the Pioneers made on the field during their 63-0 victory.
The district title, the winning record, the rivalry — it's theirs.
Leavenworth (5-4, 3-0) converted an early fumble from the Lions (4-5, 2-1) into six points just two minutes into the first quarter of Thursday night's game and the rest is, quite literally, history.
"It's huge, it's starting a legacy," Leavenworth senior wide receiver and cornerback Isaiah Ross said. "(This rivalry is) going to be intense, Lansing's a great team. ... We just came out — we got them tonight."
The win not only marked the first time that Leavenworth had played and beat Lansing High School, it also marked the first time in program history that the Pioneers came away with a district title, head coach Mark Littrell said.
Lansing High School head coach John McCall said the team's tendency to give the ball away in the first half was a big reason for the strong momentum shift in the Pioneers' favor. By the end of the night, the Lions had tallied five turnover, four of which came from fumbles.
"Ball security in the first half definitely added fuel to the fire," McCall said. "It was frustrating. They did an outstanding job and we didn't match execution with the opponent tonight."
But the blame can't be placed squarely on the slouched shoulders of the Lansing offense.
Ross said from the start of the game, the Pioneer defense made it their mission to ensure that the Lions didn't see their side of the scoreboard light up all game
The successful completion of that mission came mostly from the fact that the Lansing offense finished the night with only 118 total yards, the fewest yards Leavenworth has held any team to all season. The Lions averaged 2.5 yards a play, totaling 55 yards through the air and 63 yards on the ground, despite 37 rushing attempts by the end of the night.
While the Lion offense laid down, the Pioneer offense put on a show.
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