Lawrence jumps on Leavenworth early in win

By Sara Mettlen The Leavenworth Times
Posted: September 23, 2011 - 11:01 PM

The Leavenworth football team struggled at the start of Friday’s homecoming game against Lawrence, digging themselves a 21-point hole by the end of the first quarter. They were able to score on a couple of big plays, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit as they lost 35-13 in the game.

In the loss, head coach Kevin Kopecky said the team didn’t come out ready to go.

“There’s some issues in our offensive line, there’s always things we’re looking at,” Kopecky said. “It was nice to get Judson (Cole) back at quarterback, he played well at times. There’s going to be some bright spots and some bad things on film so we’ll just keep working.”

The bright spots will likely come in later quarters as the first was one of the worst the Pioneers had played all season.

Lawrence had their way with Leavenworth early, scoring three times in the first 11 minutes of the game. The Lions scored on their first two offensive drives, and both times senior running back Charles Jackson carried the ball two yards into the end zone. Anthony Rosen nailed both point-after kicks to give Lawrence the 14-0 lead with 3:16 to go in the first.

After a botched snap on a punt, the Pioneers gave the Lions some extra help with good field position and Lawrence scored on the next play with a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brad Strauss to Anthony Buffalomeat. Rosen once again made the kick to push the Lions’ lead to 21-0 with 1:19 left in the first quarter.

“We don’t make excuses, we just weren’t ready to go,” Kopecky said of the early letdown.

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