The Lansing Lions lit up the scoreboard Friday as they got their first win of the season Friday by beating the Bishop Ward Cyclones 50–21.
It was a battle of youth in this Kaw Valley matchup. as both schools have inexperienced skill-position players.
“It’s a challenge when you are 0-5, because the kids are not getting rewarded for all of their hard work,” Lansing coach Bill Pekarek. “Tonight we showed improvement and progress in all areas.”
The Lions scored first on a seven-yard run from Lucas Mein. The senior was not finished, as the Lions faked the kick and Mein hit Elijah Parks for the two-point conversion.
That was just the beginning of the Lions’ night on offense. After a quick three and out, Lions quarterback Krystian Abbott struck fast with a 59-yard pass to Khalil Bailey. Brad Brown’s point after made it 15-0.
The Cyclones got on the board when Bryan Barnhart completed a 34-yard strike to Xavier Tucker. Andrew Schneider added the PAT.
Lansing had time for one more score before the half, as Abbott and Bailey connected for a 38-yard score. Brown converted and the score at the half was 22-7.
The 3rd quarter was all Lansing. Christian Porter intercepted a pass and returned it for six. Mein had a 10-yard run and a second TD. Abbott connected with Bailey for a third touchdown, this time on a well-executed play-action pass of 31 yards. Brown was true on all three of his PAT’s.
With the Lions up 43-7, the route was on by the end of the third.
In the fourth, Bishop Ward’s Barnhart hit Tucker for their second touchdown, a 34-yard strike.
Lansing answered back with a 43-yard run by Porter and Brown converted one more time.
The Cyclones closed out the scoring when Barnhart threw his third touchdown of the night, making the final score 50-21.
“We did a good job on defense, special teams we thought we would be able to block a punt and we came close,” Lansing coach Bill Pekarek said, “but we had good return yardage and pinned them down a couple of times. We did have a few things, working in the passing game.”
The Lansing Lions improved their record to 1-5. They next face the Washington Wildcats next Friday at home for district play. Kick off is at 7 p.m.