Leavenworth tops Wyandotte grabs first win

By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 15, 2011 - 1:56 AM

The moment was months in the making.

Hot summer days filled with wind sprints and weight lifting. Fall evenings spent polishing fundamentals and perfecting plays. Hundreds of hours sweating, aching and fighting through pain both physically and mentally, all for this one moment.

The sweet feeling of victory.

“I’m just so happy,” senior captain Alex Waugh said. “All the work in the offseason, all the dedication has paid off. This is more than just a good win.”

The Leavenworth football team, 1-6, recorded its first win of the 2011 season Friday night with a 49-0 shellacking of Wyandotte.

“I’m just very happy for our players and coaches,” Pioneer head coach Kevin Kopecky said. “They work very hard and put in a lot of time that people don’t get to see and we knew it would eventually pay off. It did in a big way.”

The victory was a perfect way to not only rid the team of its winless streak but also to kick off district play. Essentially, Friday represented a new lease on life for the Pioneers and the squad, now 1-0 in districts, took full advantage.

“The Sunflower League is loaded with tough teams and so we knew we could win this tonight because of what we’ve went through,” Leavenworth running back Jason Randall said. “Tonight was the start of our new season and it was a great way to start it.”

From the opening whistle the boys in blue were all over the home team. After receiving the kickoff, the Pioneers proceeded to march down the field — through the air and over the ground. Randall capped off the series by breaking three tackles on a 12-yard touchdown scamper.

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