Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

JV football scoring points, shutting out opponents

September 15, 2005

— Silence filled most of Mill Valley High School's football stadium Monday evening, but as the final seconds ticked off the clock from the junior varsity football game that was taking place, a roar erupted from the visitors' sideline.

Lansing High had just put the finishing touches on its 41-0 victory against the rival Jaguars and, in a way, avenged the 28-21 loss that Mill Valley's varsity squad had handed LHS three days earlier.

"I always tell them 'win one for the seniors' if we're coming off a (varsity) loss," junior varsity coach Aaron Wecas said. "We've been pretty successful on the JV side. I tell them to win this one for the seniors, pat them on the back when we get back and get ready for Friday."

The younger Lions surely made their seniors proud with their all-around dominating effort against Mill Valley. They controlled the game from the opening kickoff, and the Jaguars never made a serious scoring threat.

Sophomore tailback Michael Griffin put LHS on the board less than five minutes into the game when he broke two tackles and scored on a 12-yard run. Three minutes later he added another touchdown when he took a sweep play down the left sideline for a 70-yard run. Junior quarterback J.T. Collins' one-yard run late in the second quarter put LHS on top, 21-0.

Sophomore cornerback Bobby Hauver's 61-yard interception return set up sophomore fullback Brad Terron's three-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Collins' run on the two-point conversion gave Lansing a 29-0 lead. Collins later added an eight-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Justin Smith capped the scoring when he intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

The thumping that Lansing (2-0) delivered against Mill Valley wasn't the first shutout for the LHS junior varsity squad this season. The Lions drilled Tonganoxie, 28-0, on Sept. 6 at THS.

The secret to the Lions' success has been twofold. First, their defense has been fantastic at stopping both the pass and the run.

"We play real good on defense," Wecas said. "Kevin Riemann, our defensive coordinator, does a great job of making calls and anticipating what the other team is trying to do. It makes my job calling offense a lot easier because when we're ahead by two or three scores we can do whatever we want to do."

Offensively, LHS had been solid, too. Griffin has dazzled every time he's touched the ball, and junior Cameron Schiller also has been a steady contributor. Collins has been able to find open receivers.

"What we try to do is run the exact same plays on the freshman team as they do on the varsity, so when they're juniors and seniors they know what in the world they're doing," Wecas said. "We do the same thing with the JV. We run the same offensive sets, the same formations, the same plays. It's just different kids."

The Lions will put their undefeated record on the line at 6 p.m. Monday when they play host to Santa Fe Trail.

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