Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lions hope to continue roll against Basehor

September 27, 2007

The Lansing High football team is one step away from a showdown with Mill Valley that could lead to at least a share of the Kaw Valley League championship.

But first things first: LHS needs to beat Basehor-Linwood at 7 p.m. Friday at Frank Graham Field.

The stakes are high for the Lions as they look to build on their 3-1 record and two-game winning streak, but they also face the added pressure of playing the rival Bobcats on Homecoming.

That might not seem too difficult considering Basehor is 1-3, but also consider its lone victory is against Perry-Lecompton (3-1), the team that handed Lansing its only loss of the season.

Now do you think the Lions are taking the Bobcats for granted?

"They beat Perry, so they're playing some good football," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said. "We're going to have to play well to beat them."

Lansing enters the game riding the momentum of a 27-24 overtime victory over previously undefeated Bonner Springs on Friday, Sept. 21. The Lions played arguably their best game of the season on defense, holding Bonner to 258 yards of total offense and forcing two turnovers. David Dickson and Justin Smith had 10 tackles apiece, Steve Johnson had nine and Matt Robbins added eight. Meanwhile, the Lions mustered just 220 yards of total offense but turned the ball over just once in sloppy conditions. In addition, they utilized multiple offensive weapons as Brad Terron, Chris Hill and Brenton Smith all rushed for more than 40 yards apiece, and Kevin Johnson hauled in three receptions for 73 yards.

Meanwhile, Basehor was pounded by Clinton (Mo.), 27-7, its last time out. With the exception of its victory against Perry, Basehor has yet to score more than 10 points in a game this season. Lansing has scored an average of 33 points per game through four games.

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