Archive for Saturday, November 8, 2008

Turner shocks Lansing, 21-17

Lions fall in playoffs for fifth straight season

November 8, 2008

The Lansing High football team won its first eight games of the season, but the two most meaningful ones — the final two — were a different story.

The Lions lost the Kaw Valley League and Class 5A district championship game to rival Mill Valley a week ago, and Friday night in the first round of the state playoffs they fell again. This time it was Turner who defeated LHS, 21-17, Turner Stadium.

The loss not only ended Lansing’s season, but it also served as redemption for the Bears after they lost to the Lions 33-0 in week two of the season.

The game was up for grabs from the beginning as neither team took advantage of opportunities to seize control. First, Turner fumbled on its own 6-yard line on the fourth play of the game. Then Lansing gave it right back on the ensuing play.

The Bears used an eight-play, 88-yard drive to claim the early lead as Rashon Johnson scored on a 5-yard run with 6:27 left in the opening quarter.

Lansing answered quickly with a three-play drive that was capped by a 52-yard pass from quarterback Cameron Trowbridge to wide receiver Matt Robbins. Robbins’ kick tied the score at 7-7 with 5:09 left in the opening quarter.

Robbins nailed a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter that gave LHS a 10-7 lead, but Turner answered two minutes later when Johnson rumbled 42-yards for a touchdown. The point after was good and THS led 14-10 with 7:03 left in the quarter. The score remained unchanged through halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Lansing scored on the first play of the fourth quarter as Nathan Wessel punched the ball in on a 12-yard run. Robbins’ point after made it 17-14 with 11:55 left in the game.

Exactly three minutes later Turner struck again. This time with a 68-yard drive that Nick Bloomer capped with a 1-yard run.

Lansing was unable to score during the final 8:55 as Turner hung on for the victory.

Johnson finished with 220 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries for Turner.

Lansing edged Turner in total offense, 343-299. The Lions also forced three turnovers as Peter Gibson and Mike McSweeney each picked off passes and Dillon Scanlon recovered a fumble. The Lions coughed up the ball twice.

Wessel led the LHS defense with 15 tackles.

Senior Brenton Smith led the offense with 160 yards rushing on 21 carries. Wessel had 55 yards on nine carries. Trowbridge completed just four of 19 passes for 107 yards.

Lansing ends its season with an 8-2 record. Turner improves to 5-5 after winning its fourth straight game. The Bears advance to play St. Thomas Aquinas in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday.


— Brenton Smith closed out one of the finest seasons in Lansing history as he rushed for 1,464 yards and 22 touchdowns on 242 carries. He also caught nine passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

— Nathan Wessel had 589 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 72 carries.

— Cameron Trowbridge completed 59 of 136 passes for 982 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He also rushed 77 times for 393 yards and six touchdowns.

— Matt Robbins was the Lions’ go-to receiver. He caught 17 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns.

— Ryan Delich finished with 11 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown.

— Parker Gibson had eight catches for 163 yards and a touchdown.

— Wessel led the LHS defense in tackles this season with 77 stops. He also had a team-high three fumble recoveries.

— Parker Gibson and Peter Gibson each had seven interceptions.


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