Lansing beats BSHS for district title
Lansing Parker Gibson and his Lansing teammates ran wild against Bonner Springs Friday, en route to a district championship.
“It is tough,” Braves coach Lew Kasselman said after the game. “We let Parker Gibson run down the field on us in the game. He is a great athlete and has the speed to make things happen.”
Gibson did it all against Bonner Springs in a 56-20 victory. His performance helped put the game away in the first half, as he rushed for more than 100 yards and had nearly 90 yards receiving.
On the second play from scrimmage, he rushed for a 44-yard touchdown. The extra point was good.
On the Lions’ next possession, Gibson connected with Logan Mance on a 39-yard pass. He then rushed in for a 4-yard touchdown. The score was 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Gibson rushed for a 16-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, Gibson lined up at wide receiver and caught an 81-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-0.
Bonner Springs moved the ball at times in the first half. The Braves had the ball on first and goal when a bad snap over quarterback Jourdaine Smallwood’s head turned into a turnover. The Braves were without starting center Jonathan Bonnett in the game, and they struggled snapping the ball out of the shotgun formation.
Following the turnover, Lansing scored again on a nine-play drive, which culminated with an 8-yard touchdown run by Tyler Terron. The Lions led 34-0 and then scored a 2-point conversion.
Bonner Springs got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when J.J. Jackson rushed for a 40-yard touchdown.
Gibson and the Braves went back to work on the next possession. He rushed 65 yards for a touchdown.
Lansing scored later in the quarter on an 8-yard run by Spencer Blew. The score was 49-7. The Braves later scored on a 20-yard pass from Smallwood to Steve Williams. The play capped a lengthy drive, which Bonner Springs was able to pick up tough yards on the ground.
In the fourth quarter, Lansing scored when Blew rushed for an 11-yard touchdown.
The Braves closed out the scoring when Smallwood hit Jackson with a 41-yard touchdown pass.
With the loss, Bonner Springs concludes the regular season with a 4-5 record. The team will play next week in the Class 5A state playoffs.
“It is hard to swallow,” Kasselman told his players after the game. “We wanted to win a title but it did not work out, but we still get to play — and while it will be on the road, we are going to be road warriors next week.”