Lions stay unbeaten with 36-28 victory over Perry
What looked to be a rout turned into a down-to-the-wire thriller on Friday night as the Lansing High football team held on for a 36-28 victory over Perry-Lecompton.
LHS opened the game with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Trowbridge to Ryan Delich. Matt Robbins kicked the extra point and the Lions led 7-0 with 6:32 left in the opening quarter.
Lansing punted on its second possession, but it struck gold again on the third. After a 23-yard punt return by Parker Gibson, the Lions marched into the red zone and Brenton Smith punched in a touchdown on a 6-yard run. Smith ran in the 2-point conversion That made it 15-0 less than a minute into the second quarter.
Perry answered with a touchdown of its own as Joel Gantz connected with Shane Gimzo for a 15-yard score that made it 14-7 with 7:20 left in the first half. Lansing responded by going 75 yards on seven plays on its next drive. The possession ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Trowbridge to Robbins with 1:03 left in the half.
LHS led 22-7 at intermission.
Perry opened the third quarter with a bang. First, Gimzo broke loose for a 70-yard run before being dragged down at the 1-yard line. Moments later he slipped into the endzone for a touchdown that brought the Kaws to within 22-14 just 90 seconds into the third quarter.
A little over four minutes later the Kaws scored again. This time Gantz found Gimzo with a 21-yard pass. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, but with 6:09 left in the quarter they were within 22-20.
Gibson returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards and set up the Lions with a short field. Four plays later Trowbridge scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and boosted Lansing’s lead to 29-20 with 5:03 left in the third quarter.
LHS found some additional breathing room early in the fourth quarter when Smith scored on a 1-yard run with 9:48 left in the game, but Perry responded just 20 seconds later as Gimzo hit Eric Hastere with a 69-yard strike. Gimzo ran for the 2-point conversion and brought the Kaws to within 36-28.
After a Lansing punt, Perry set up another drive but the Lions stopped them with 5:36 left. LHS then drove to the Perry 9-yard line where Trowbridge fumbled with one minute left. The Kaws ran 10 plays in the final minute, but on their last play they fumbled after a pass at the LHS 27-yard line.
Lansing improved to 5-0 with the victory. All five games were Kaw Valley League games, and the Lions remain atop the league standings. The only other unbeaten league foe is Mill Valley (4-1 overall, 4-0 KVL).
— Smith led Lansing with 269 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 43 carries. He now has 865 yards for the season on 139 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per carry.
— Trowbridge rushed 12 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also completed four of 10 passes for 30 yards and two scores.
— Delich caught three passes for 16 yards and a touchdown.
— Parker Gibson returned four punts for 142 yards (a 35.5 average per return).
— Gimzo rushed for 227 yards on 18 carries for Perry. He also completed nine of 27 passes for 176 yards and three scores.
— Zach Constantino led the LHS defense with 14 tackles.
— Both teams had 420 yards of total offense, but Lansing ran 76 plays and Perry ran 53 plays.