Braves run wild in 70-42 win against Lansing, seek to shore up defense
Bonner Springs used a run-heavy offense to stifle Lansing in its 70-42 victory Friday night.
The six touchdowns allowed didn’t sit well with coach Lucas Aslin after the game.
“I’m a defensive guy and it drives me absolutely insane to give up 42 points,” Aslin said. “They schemed us well, they found our mismatches.”
Lansing (0-2) used a balance of both the run and pass to keep the game close midway through the third quarter.
Aslin kept trying to guess whether the Lions would run or pass because he knew the Braves couldn’t cover both.
“I guessed wrong a ton in the first half and I guessed right a lot in the second half,” Aslin said.
BSHS is built to stop the run and it became much easier to guess once the Braves built their lead in the second half.
Kyle Dumler helped shut down Lansing in the second half by picking up four tackles, three of which were for a loss.
The Braves pounded the Lions on the ground, calling the run 85 percent of the time—resulting in 503 yards and nine touchdowns.
The trio consisting of quarterback Jordan Jackson and running backs Trevon Mason and Jared Knerschield ran for 247 yards, 109 yards and 196 yards respectively.
“We have two running backs that run really hard and a quarterback that’s fast,” Aslin said. “Those things can cover up a defense that doesn’t play well at times.”
Knernschield led the way with four scores on the night, all coming in a 50-point second half.
Mason received nearly half of the 56 rush attempts on the night, accounting for 25 of them and three scores.
He started the scoring midway through the first quarter, capping a five play, 70-yard drive with a five-yard run up the middle. Just three minutes later, he would bulldoze his way in for a three-yard score.
Mason’s final score was a 34-yard scamper on the Braves’ first drive of the third quarter.
Jackson added two touchdowns of his own on the ground and one in the air.
With a little more than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Jackson seemed to have put the game out of reach with a 75-yard dash on the first play of the drive.
However, the play was called back because of a block in the back and just three plays later, Jackson outran everyone down the right sideline for a 70-yard touchdown —effectively ending Lansing’s hopes of a comeback with 4:38 remaining.