Lansing Running Backs 9/21/18

Senior Luke Winslow (left) runs the ball with senior Daryl Fleming following just behind him during Lansing's game against Newfield on Sept. 21.

An impending lightning storm cut Lansing high school’s football team’s home game against Newfield high school short to just three quarters of play on Sept 21. Prior to this storm, however, there was another storm that took place, that storm being Lansing’s offense, who poured more than 50 points on Newfield in its 54–8 drubbing.

The Bobcats did not throw a single pass in the game. Instead, they kept the ball on the ground, bulldozing through the Trojans’ defense for 255 yards, all but nine of those yards coming in the first half.

Lansing wasted not time putting points up on the scoreboard. After a hefty return on the opening kickoff that brought them to the 50-yard line, the Bobcats ran just three plays and scored on a 43-yard touchdown run from senior running back Daryl Fleming to lead 7–0 less than two minutes into the contest.

The Trojans would end up punting on their first drive, receding the possession to the Bobcats, who would continue to its field day against Newfields’ defense.

Senior running back Luke Winslow fumbled the football on the first play of the drive, but senior offensive lineman Tucker Butler was able to secure the loose ball. Two plays later, Winslow took the handoff from senior quarterback Garrett Bell and bolted for 34 yards all the way to Newfield’s 36-yard line.

After a penalty on Lansing, a ten- and 11-yard run by Fleming and a ten-yard run by Winslow, Bell tucked the ball in himself ten yards out for the Bobcats second touchdown of the game and a 14–0 advantage.

Lansing forced a three-and-out on Newfield’s second possession, and it was business as usual on the Bobcat’s next drive. Starting on the Trojan’s 44-yard line, Fleming carried the pigskin 15 yards to the 29-yard line. Bell then scampered for 12 yards, and Winslow picked up another ten. The Bobcats eventually brought the ball to the one-yard line before the first quarter ended.

On the first play of the second quarter, Bell punched it in for his second touchdown on the evening, elevating Lansing’s lead to 20–0. The Bobcats went for two, but could not convert the attempt.

The Trojans’ offense continued to labor as Newfield was forced to punt again to Lansing. The Bobcats returned the punt 30 yards for a touchdown, but a holding penalty called against Lansing negated the score.

Regardless, the Bobcats still received superb field position at the Trojan’s 35-yard line. It only took three plays for Lansing to chalk up another touchdown when ran the ball in from the two-yard line. Lansing went for two again, and were able to convert the try, stretching its lead to 28–0.

As overpowering the Bobcats’ running game was against the Trojans, their defense was equally as potent. The Trojans were only able to amass 146 total yards in the game.

On Newfields’ ensuing drive, senior linebacker Griffen Nelson picked off sophomore quarterback Arthur Hardison’s pass, and ran it back 20 yards or so to the house, bringing Lansing’s lead to 35–0.

Newfield got the ball back on its own 20-yard line, but was unable to move the ball any considerable distance, and eventually punted to Lansing.

With the ball on the Trojans’ 34-yard line, the Bobcats ran four plays and crossed the goal line once again, this time by sophomore running back Devin Wright, for a 42–0 lead with 5:26 remaining in the quarter.

Wright found the endzone again on Lansing’s next possession when he took the handoff 20 yards for six more points. The extra point was no good, so the Bobcats settled for a 48–0 lead.

The Trojans’ offense showed some life towards the end of the half when they scored their first touchdown of the game, a ten-yard pass from Hardison to sophomore wide receiver Jacob Humble. They tacked on a two-point conversion, as the Bobcats now led 48–8 after two quarters.

Lansing chalked up one last touchdown in the third quarter with another pic-six by Nelson, this time a 44-yard return, that increased the score to 54–8 after the extra point was missed.

Newfield drove the ball into Lansing’s side of the field, and were primed for another score with a 2nd and goal on the 20-yard line entering the fourth quarter. However, Mother Nature had other plans, and the game was called after streaks of lightning were spotted in the distance.

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