Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

7th grade shuts out Piper

September 29, 2005

The rumors had swirled since the beginning of the season: these guys are good.

On Tuesday afternoon, fans had another opportunity to see for themselves just how good the Lansing Middle School seventh-grade football team was. After manhandling Monticello, Linwood and Perry during the first three weeks of the season, the Lions played host to rival Piper. They didn't allow their visitors to have a pleasant stay, either.

Instead, the Lions used a dominating rushing attack, a stifling defense and solid special teams play to defeat the Pirates, 34-0.

The Lions (4-0) typically have been a dominant offensive team, but it was the defense that provided the early spark on Tuesday. After driving to the Piper 18-yard-line on their first possession, the Lions were unable to score. On the ensuing possession, the Pirates began to build momentum. On third down, however, they fumbled the ball, and Lansing's Nathan Wessel recovered it on the 18-yard-line. On the next play, LMS quarterback Parker Gibson ran the ball in for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

On the next possession, Gibson received a big block from Wessel and broke free for a 74-yard touchdown run. Wessel ran the ball in for a two-point conversion that gave Lansing a 14-0 lead. Gibson recovered an onside kick moments later, which set up a five-play, 48-yard scoring drive that was capped by Dillon Scanlon's 28-yard touchdown run.

The Lions took a 20-0 lead into halftime, but they weren't finished yet. Gibson recovered another onside kick to open the third quarter. Five plays later, Wessel scored on a four-yard touchdown plunge up the middle that put Lansing on top, 26-0.

The Pirates seemed poised to answer on their next possession when they converted a 55-yard passing play to the Lansing three-yard-line. Wessel, Tyler Baughman and Zachery Bradley stuffed a running play on first-and-goal for a one-yard loss. Then Bradley made another tackle. Then came an incomplete pass.

On fourth-and-goal from the four, Spencer Blew burst up the middle and tackled Piper's running back for a 10-yard loss to halt the scoring threat. The defense remained strong until the end of the game. Ryan Curran's interception ended another Piper scoring opportunity. Lansing added a final score with just 21 seconds remaining in the game when Baughman broke three tackles on a dive up the middle and then streaked 40 yards into the end zone. Lorenzo Jenkins ran the ball in for the two-point conversion that capped the victory.

Lansing dominated on both sides of the ball as it piled up 387 yards of offense and held Piper to just 140 yards. Gibson rushed the ball six times for 130 yards to lead the Lions. Baughman had four carries for 85 yards, Blew had six carries for 44 yards and Scanlon rushed five times for 40 yards.

The seventh-grade football team will put its perfect record on the line at 4 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to Lexington Trail Middle School.

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