Friday night the Lancers lost 31-0 to the Lions from Lawrence High School. The Lions set the tempo for the game early as they scored on their first drive which lasted 55 seconds and was capped off by a 54-yard run by quarterback Brad Strauss. On his way to the end zone, he avoided multiple defenders who looked to be in position to make a tackle. After the Lancers took over on offense, they were unable to get anything going, and went 3 and out. The first quarter ended with the Lancers trailing 7-0.
“I thought he may have had a chance on me,” Strauss told Lawrence-Journal World last night. “I just run scared.”
The Lions started off the second quarter with the ball, and scored quickly on a 1-yard run from running back Tyrone Jenkins. Through the air, the Lancer offense was having no success, but they did show signs of life on the ground until senior fullback Jeff Cole was taken out with an ankle injury. Lawrence found the end zone again before halftime as Strauss completed a 54-yard pass to junior wide receiver Erick Mayo, making the score 24-0.
In the third quarter, it was a battle of the defenses. Lawrence made it clear that they were going to try and run the ball as they only attempted 5 passes in the second half. The Lancer defense was successful in stopping this attack and didn’t allow the Lions to extend their lead. Unfortunately, the Lancer offense was unable to produce any points of their own, and the score remained 24-0.
The fourth quarter began with another touchdown from Strauss, as he carried the ball 72 yards giving him 192 yards total for the game. Still failing to generate any points, the Lancer offense turned the ball over on downs twice in the quarter and the Lions were able to run out the clock finishing with a score of 31-0. What really hurt the Lancers was a lack of offense, they finished with 167 yards to the Lions’ 479.
“We didn’t come into the game with some fire, and it obviously showed,” said senior wide receiver Logan Rose. “We have to have a good week of practice and get back on the winning track.”