District sweep: Lions whack Ward, 38-28
Lansing High's football team didn't need to beat Bishop Ward on Thursday night to win the Class 4A district crown. It wrapped up the title last week, so the result of the Ward matchup would be relatively inconsequential.
But why not win one more anyway?
That's exactly what LHS did as it dominated offensively in its 38-28 victory. The Lions improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in district play while winning their seventh straight game. They now will prepare for a bi-district game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against De Soto (7-2, 2-1).
Ward (4-5, 0-3) ended its season on a three-game skid.
Lansing seized control of the game from the very beginning. It took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when junior quarterback Matt Warner hooked up with tight end David Kern for a 48-yard touchdown. LHS never looked back. Warner and junior tailback Jeff Slater each added rushing touchdowns in the first half as Lansing took a 21-7 lead into halftime.
Lansing upped its lead to 31-14 after three quarters and didn't allow Ward to build any momentum until the final minutes when it tagged on two meaningless touchdowns.
Warner had a hand in four touchdowns Thursday night as he rushed for two and passed for two. He completed six of 11 passes for 98 yards. Both touchdown passes were to Kern, who had five catches for 89 yards.
Slater led the Lions' rushing attack as he rolled for 88 yards on 21 carries. Fullback Lance Fink was their most efficient runner, however, as he rolled for 87 yards on just 13 carries.
LHS wracked up 304 yards of total offense in the victory.