Olathe North too much for Leavenworth

By The Leavenworth Times staff
Posted: September 30, 2011 - 5:53 AM

A collection of mistakes on both sides of the ball cost the Leavenworth football team dearly Thursday night.

Three turnovers along with a handful of big plays allowed defensively contributed to a 44-0 Pioneer loss at the hands of Olathe North.

“We made too many mistakes,” Leavenworth head coach Kevin Kopecky said. “We had three interceptions to their one fumble so we were three to one in the turnover ratio, which next to the final score, is the more important stat in football. We didn’t take care of the football well.”

To start the game, Leavenworth gave up a long pass to the Eagles that positioned North on the Pioneer’s two-yard line. But the Leavenworth defense stiffened and held the home team on three straight downs to force a field goal.

On the following drive, the Pioneers received a big third-down run from Jason Randall that went for 25 yards. Three plays later, the sophomore converted another third down with a 20-yard rush.

Resting on the Eagles’ 15-yard line, Leavenworth had a muffed snap and then an incomplete pass before Judson Cole sailed a third down throw into the end zone. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the ball floated into a waiting defender’s arms marking the first Leavenworth giveaway of the game.

North would then drive for 76 yards before fumbling the snap on the Pioneer goal line. Leavenworth’s Eric Harris would recover, giving the team its second goal-line stand of the evening. Moments later though the team would have to punt and the first quarter ended with the Eagles up 3-0.

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