Lawson made the short trip over to Lathrop, in the match up of undefeated teams. The Lathrop Mules held on for 21-7 victory over their KCI League opponents.
Mules head coach Chris Holt talked about the similarities of both schools
“We are close in proximity, our kids grew up with their kids, they’ve been competing against each other in football, baseball, wrestling, since they were kids,” Holt said. “Both offenses want to run the ball, pretty similar offensive styles.”
The game had formations and plays from the 1930’s and 1940’s, featuring Wing T formations, with wingbacks in motion and misdirection all over the field.
The Lawson Cardinals went for it on 4th down and came up short. The Mules converted a short field into points when, Seth McKnight connected for a 24-yard score to Justin Burns. Burns also converted the kick and the Mules were up 7 - 0.
The Cardinals were trying to get a tying score late in the second quarter, but with under :25 in the half, the Cardinals completed a pass in the middle of the field and could not run another play before the clock ran out.
The 3rd quarter was all about ball control. The Mules took the open kickoff in the second half slowly drove the length of the field until McKnight went over center for a 2 yard touchdown run. McKnight gutted out a tough second half, battling what appeared to be cramps in his legs, for the rest of the games. Burns was good on the PAT, and the Mules were up 14 - 0.
The Cardinals cut the lead in half when Andrew Stephens scrambling to his left, started spinning away from the Mules defenders, and the suddenly stopped and cut towards the middle of the field and went 55 yards for a spectacular touchdown run. Stephens also converted the kick and it was a 14-7 game.
The Mules iced the game on a 35-yard counter run by Hunter Sloan. The Cardinals defense went towards the left, as Sloan made his way down the right sideline, just able to stay in bounds, as he dove into the end zone, backwards. Burns scored the final point of the night.
The Cardinals, record drops to 5-1, and next week they get another undefeated team, East Buchanan will travel to Lawson.
The Mules, who are 6-0, will try to remain perfect when they are on the road at North Platte.