Lansing takes Washington's punch, earns win

By Scott Lavelock The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 15, 2011 - 1:40 AM

Washington put a shock into the Lansing system at the start of Friday night’s game at Washington High School, but it was anything but a sign of things to come as Lansing bounced back from the Wildcats’ game-opening touchdown with three scoring runs by Nick Hughes on their way to a 33–13 victory to start play in their 5A district.

Running exclusively out of the wildcat formation until the second quarter, Washington’s De’Ante Ambler broke the second play from scrimmage for a 58-yard touchdown run which put them ahead 6-0 just 1:03 into the game. Lansing head coach Bill Pekarek said that formation wasn’t something they’d seen on film from Washington, but his team answered by only allowing 23 rushing yards the rest of the game.

“We had to make an adjustment … on how we were going to line up to it,” Pekarek said. “And that worked for us.”

The Lions (4-3, 1-0 in district play) also knew just how to respond offensively, marching 67 yards in 6:53 for a touchdown with 12 runs and only one pass, and the rest of the game was all Lions. After Hughes converted a fourth and two with a 4-yard run on the Lions’ opening drive, he scored on a 1-yard plunge on the next play to give them a 7-6 lead.

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