Lions aim for district lead
A five-game winning streak will do a lot for a team's confidence, just ask Lansing High's football players.
After stumbling against Perry-Lecompton in week two, LHS has caught fire and streaked to a 6-1 record. Lansing's most recent victory was a 14-11 come-from-behind thriller in the district opener at Shawnee Heights. That win put the Lions firmly in control of their own postseason destiny.
Hoping to derail the Lions' hot streak is Kansas City-Washington. At 5-2, the Wildcats are no pushovers. Their only losses this season are to state powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas and a 14-6 setback last week to Kansas City-Schlagle.
Even though Washington is coming off a loss, the Lions say they won't take the Wildcats lightly in the 7 p.m. Friday road game.
"After Perry, I don't think anybody thinks we're invincible anymore," LHS junior Brenton Smith said. "Practice is going to be the biggest thing for us this week. As long as we stay focused in practice, it should be a good game."
Lansing expects to face a Washington team that is battling for its life. After falling to Schlagle in its district opener, Washington is facing a must-win game against LHS. It's a similar situation the Lions were in when they rallied to beat the Wildcats 20-13 last year.
A victory Friday wouldn't necessarily lock up Lansing's first Class 5A district title, but it would put the Lions in the driver's seat.
"I think we can feel something we've never felt before," senior Zach Robinson said. "We've been a part of some pretty good teams, but I think it's coming together."