Archive for Friday, November 5, 2004

Lions ready for clash with Holton

November 5, 2004

Lansing High's football players knew if they survived the first round of the state football playoffs then defending champion and No. 1-ranked Holton likely would loom in the next round.

Sure enough, after toppling De Soto, 10-7, on Tuesday night, the Lions found themselves spending the last few days preparing for what may be their toughest game in more than 20 years.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Lansing (8-2) will kick off against Holton (10-0) on the Wildcats' home turf.

Know the Holton Wildcats

Not only do the Wildcats have a proud football tradition, but they have put together quite an impressive 2004 season as well. Not only are they undefeated, but they've shellacked almost every opponent they've faces so far.

Through 10 game, Holton has outscored its foes 458-61, including four shutouts. Their only contest that's been decided by fewer than 24 points was a 24-17 victory at Marysville on Oct. 15.

Know the Lansing Lions

Following an 0-2 start, the Lions have played almost flawless football while rattling off eight straight victories. The eight-game streak is Lansing's longest in recent memory, and this is the farthest it's been in the state playoffs in more than 20 years.

The Lions aren't the biggest or fastest team in the area, but the secret to their success has been that they've been willing to outwork their opponents. The offense has found ways to score when its needed to and the defense has been as tough as any in the area game in and game out.

Know how to get to the game

The drive from Lansing to Holton will take about 90 minutes. Head south on KS-7/Main St./US-73 about 11 miles to I-70. Take I-70 west toward Lawrence on the toll road for about 50 miles. Merge onto US-75 N via Exit 358 A and take that for about 28 miles. Turn right onto KS-116/KS-16/West 4th St. into Holton. The school is located at the corner of Ninth and New York.

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