Eighth-grade Lions top LTMS in OT thriller
An overtime touchdown and a fourth-and-goal defensive stand highlighted the Lansing Middle School eighth-grade football team's final home game Tuesday afternoon.
Running back Nick Hughes darted into the endzone from three yards out for a score, and Cole Taylor punched in the two-point conversion that gave LMS a 22-14 lead in overtime against Lexington Trail.
That proved to be the final margin of victory thanks to a staunch defensive effort that preserved the victory. James Winkler's tackle of LTMS running back Clayton Henning at the one-yard line on fourth down iced the game.
Lansing fell into an early hole when LTMS scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass and took a 7-0 lead.
LMS countered on the ensuing possession and scored on a 91-yard run by Nick Hughes. Grant Greenberg punched in the two-point conversion and put Lansing ahead, 8-7.
The Lions extended their lead to 14-7 late in the second quarter on Justin Lozenski's one-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown, but LTMS tied the game with a 24-yard touchdown pass 17 seconds before halftime.
Neither team scored in the second half, making overtime necessary.
Members of this year's eighth-grade football team are Josh Wood, Dillon Francis, Jonathan Hill, Coby Anderson, Royal Gatson, Jalen Maestas, Preston Padgett, Winkler, Stephen Ray, Jacob McCurry, Michael Laster, Greenberg, Justin Lozenski, Cole Taylor, Hughes, Logan Mance, Domanique Cary, Trevor Schons, Brett Menzel, Michael Miller, Chase LaRue, James Howey, Parker Henry, Jon Rubendall, Sam McNeill, Dakota Logan, Cole Firestine, Kenneth Wingerd, Robert Lewis, Dillon Land, Nathan Algarra, Ryan Hallinan, Nick Andring, Lincoln Brown, Dylan Wiseman, Brett Barnard and C.J. Jamerson. They are coached by Lee Matzeder, Don Allen, Walter Armstrong and Steve Magner.