Archive for Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lansing hangs on against Bonner Springs

September 20, 2008

Brenton Smith rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and led the Lansing High football team to a 19-13 victory over Bonner Springs on Friday night at Frank Graham Field.

The Lions built a cozy lead, but it didn't last long. Bonner Springs countered with a furious rally before having two touchdowns called back for penalties in the final two minutes.

Sophomore Nathan Wessel picked off a pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:37 left in the first quarter. Senior Matt Robbins' extra point was good, and the Lions led 7-0.

Smith notched his first touchdown with 1:21 left in the second quarter on an 8-yard run. The extra point was blocked, but the Lions took a 13-0 lead into halftime.

The lead grew to 19-0 with 4:13 left in the third quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by Smith. Again, the extra point was no good.

Just as LHS seemed to have taken complete control, Bonner Springs stormed back. Brandon Eastland scored on a 1-yard run with 11:16 left in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion was no good, and the Lions' lead was cut to 19-6. Two minutes later Max Barren scored on a 5-yard run. The extra point by Chance Crawford was good, and the lead was down to 19-13.

After that things got crazy.

With only two minutes remaining, Jonathan Walker intercepted the pass and took it all the way to the endzone for the tying score. The touchdown was wiped away due to a blocking penalty.

No matter. Three plays later Jonathan's twin Jeremy Walker made the Lions pay for leaving him one-on-one on the outside. Eastland dropped a perfect spiral into a leaping Jeremy's hands in the endzone for 32 yards and the game tying score again.

All the Braves needed now was an extra point. But again, there was a flag back by the line of scrimmage: another illegal blocking penalty against the Braves. This time they could not recover and score, turning the ball over on downs with 30 seconds remaining.

Lansing improved to 3-0 with the victory and remains atop the Kaw Valley League standings.

NOTES

- Senior Brenton Smith ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Through three games this year he has 587 yards and eight touchdowns on 81 carries.

- Senior quarterback Cameron Trowbridge is the Lions' second-leading rusher with 96 yards on 23 carries. Trowbridge has completed six of 22 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown this season.

- Zach Constantino had a team-high 14 tackles, and Nathan Wessel had eight.

- Bonner Springs outgained Lansing in total offense, 283-242.

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