Leavenworth keeps winning in 5A bracket
By Sam Sherman The Leavenworth Times
Leavenworth High School senior running back Sanchez Williams knows where to send his praises after any big night on the ground.
Friday night's playoff game against Topeka Seaman High School was no different.
Filing behind Williams' 273 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, the Pioneers marched to a 35-6 victory over the Vikings.
While Williams' name appears next to the 273 yards rushing on the stat sheet, according to him, there should be five other names next to his.
"My line, (also known as) my hogs, they get all the glory," Williams said. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have gotten the yards and touchdowns that I had. ... I'm not me without them."
His career night propelled him to 944 yards and 12 touchdowns for the season, averaging 7.1 yards a carry en route.
Before the game started, head coach Mark Littrell said he knew establishing the rushing game wasn't going to be easy.
Seaman sported a big defensive line with speed on the edge, so come game time, the Pioneers were forced to take a wait-and-see approach to the play-calling.
Once the game began, all that Littrell, his team and Topeka Seaman saw was the back of Williams' jersey.
"We knew they were going to take away our outside," Littrell said. "That opened it up for us to run in the middle, our counter worked well and our inside zone worked. Then we got outside on them, it was a good night."
Leavenworth finished the game with their biggest offensive night of Littrell's career at the helm of the Pioneers, 445 yards of total offense, 357 rushing yards and 88 passing yards.
Senior wide receivers Isaiah Ross and Juwan Potts saw success offensively as well. Ross had 52 yards rushing and one touchdown, as well as 53 yards receiving while Potts had one catch for the Pioneers' only passing touchdown of the night. Senior quarterback Landry Hodges finished the game 4-9 for 88 yards and a touchdown.
The Pioneer defense held the Vikings to 211 yards of offense, with 131 yards through the air and only 80 yards of total rushing.
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