Piper tops Lansing in closing seconds

By Scott Lavelock The Leavenworth Times
Posted: September 23, 2011 - 10:56 PM

Lansing held a 17-7 second-half lead at Piper High School on Friday, but Piper used timely big plays and untimely Lansing miscues to pull a stunning comeback, capped with 0:16 remaining when Piper freshman Colton Beebe caught a pass from Tanner Eikenbary and dove across the pylon for a 7-yard touchdown and a 21-17 victory.

“It was a great game. We outplayed them, we dominated the game, I think, until the very end,” Lansing head coach Bill Pekarek said. “We played well on offense, defense, and special teams … but we just blew it at the end. … The mistakes we made just killed us.”

After Piper (3-1, all in Kaw Valley League play) punted on their first possession of the fourth quarter, Lansing (1-3, all in the KVL) set about to melting the clock with a 17-14 lead and a ground game which had been effective. After getting two first downs, a holding penalty set them back and forced them to go for a fourth down from the Piper 30-yard line with 2:00 left. Quarterback Joe Schneider couldn’t elude the rush and fumbled, and it was recovered by the Pirates’ Austin Phelps.

A Piper offense which had fewer than 100 yards of total offense to that point still had 69 yards to go for a touchdown, but they shocked everyone on the next play with a perfectly executed hook-and-lateral which got the ball to the Lions’ 30-yard line as Beau Soucie caught a 5-yard pass and pitched it to Paul Jones for an additional 35 yards.

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