Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lions want a slice

LHS blocks Basehor’s upset bid, eyes piece of KVL crown

October 4, 2007

Justin Smith turned in what had to be one of the greatest ball-hawking displays in Kaw Valley League football history during Lansing's 22-15 victory over Basehor-Linwood on Sept. 28.

Smith accounted for all of Lansing's scoring but the two extra points when he recorded a safety and three touchdowns - on a blocked punt, 64-yard reception and 63-yard fumble recovery.

Lansing High senior Justin Smith blocks a punt during the first quarter of Lansing's 22-15 victory over Basehor-Linwood. Smith recovered the ball and scored a touchdown on the play.

Lansing High senior Justin Smith blocks a punt during the first quarter of Lansing's 22-15 victory over Basehor-Linwood. Smith recovered the ball and scored a touchdown on the play.

"What a homecoming game to remember for your senior year," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said of Smith's performance.

It may require a similar performance, however, if LHS wants to win its 7 p.m. Friday home game against Mill Valley.

Both teams are 4-1 and tied with Bonner Springs and Perry-Lecompton atop the Kaw Valley League standings.

The Jaguars are led by one of the league's most elusive running backs, Nick Woods, and sure-handed receiver Miles Malec.

Mill Valley is coming off its first loss of the season - a 27-10 setback to Bonner Springs where Woods saw limited action because of an injury - but Smith said Lansing will have to be at its very best if it wants to win the game.

"It's going to be a tough week, but that's what it's got to be if we want to win league," he said.

A victory likely would secure LHS at least a share of the KVL crown, although the standings could change because numerous teams still have league games remaining after this week.

Regardless, senior Mycol Bowen said the Lions plan to take care of business themselves.

"No matter what, in our minds we're going to have a piece of that league title because I don't think we're going to be denied," he said.

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