Lansing gets needed win over Bishop Ward

By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 1, 2011 - 2:33 AM

The Lansing football team needed this.

After starting the season 1-3, the Lions were desperate for a victory Friday night. But after a lethargic start against a winless Bishop Ward team, wherein the two squads were tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, uneasiness started to creep into the bleachers at Frank Graham Field.

All that worry was washed away though as Lansing went go on to score 34 unanswered points, 20 in the second quarter, to secure a 54-13 homecoming victory.

“Our kids lost a tough one last week and we really needed to have a big win,” Lions head coach Bill Pekarek said. “It was great to see a lot of good defense and a lot of scoring on offense. It was overall a good night for us.”

Lansing started the game in dominant fashion. Ward received the opening kickoff and went three and out. The Lions then drove 40 yards before failing on a fourth down attempt deep inside Cyclone territory. However, Ward could do nothing with the following possession and punted three plays later.

The Lions again drove the ball deep into the visitor’s terrain and this time Lansing would not be denied. On a fourth and long, Lions quarterback Litton VanDerWerff sailed a ball down the right sideline that dropped comfortably into the waiting arms of Lansing receiver Lucas Mein. The 30-yard strike put the home team up 7-0 with four minutes remaining in the period.

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