Super Bowl showdowns to include two Lansing squads
The stadium lights will be shining bright on Friday night at Lansing High, but the LHS varsity football team won't be the team playing.
Instead, the lights will be on for the Parks and Recreation youth football Super Bowl games. The third- and fourth-grade title game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade game will begin at 8 p.m.
Throughout the regular season, games have been played at Lansing Middle School, but LHS agreed to let the championship games be played in its stadium under the lights.
Two Lansing teams will try to protect their home turf.
The Lansing Red Devils (7-0) will play Pleasant Ridge for the third- and fourth-grade championship. Lansing advanced to the title game by beating Effingham, 30-0, on Saturday. Pleasant Ridge defeated the Lansing White Lions, 22-16.
The Red Devils are seeking their second consecutive perfect season. They went 8-0 last year and beat Pleasant Ridge, 14-6, in the Super Bowl.
In the fifth- and sixth-grade Super Bowl, the Lansing Big Red (7-0) will take on Leavenworth Geiger. The Big Red advanced to the championship game by holding on for a 12-8 victory against Effingham on Saturday at LMS. Geiger beat Leavenworth Great Western, 12-6, in triple-overtime.
Nick Hughes scored both touchdowns for the Big Red in its victory over Effingham, but it almost wasn't enough. Hughes first reached the end zone on a run in the first quarter that gave Lansing a 6-0 lead. He then broke off a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that pushed the lead to 12-0.
Effingham pulled within 12-8 when it scored with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter. Then the defense was forced to make two key stops to preserve the win. A sack by James Howey on fourth down sealed the win.
Two Lansing teams advanced to the Parks and Recreation flag football championship game by picking up victories last Wednesday night at Lansing City Park. The Lansing Raiders won their semifinal game, 51-19, to advance to the finals against Lansing Red. Lansing Red defeated Lansing White, 25-19, in a game that was close the whole way and was tied with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The championship game was played Wednesday night. For results and photos, look in the Nov. 10 edition of The Current.