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 football 6240Kade Bennett fumble recovery

The Section IV Class C semifinal playoff football game took place on sunny Fall day on the turf field of host Johnson City High School. The unseasonally warm and often windy conditions saw the Bobcats roar out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter of the 11AM game time.

Completely reversing their fortunes of a week ago on a cold dark game in Oneonta facing these same Yellow Jackets from Oneonta where Lansing was quickly down 20-0. This time out saw Joe Miller-Labar taking a handoff up the middle and covering 54 yards for the games first score. Griffen Nelson and Dakota Johnson teamed up to plug the Oneonta kickoff returner. Offensive linemen Nelson and Kade Bennett were relied on early to pave the way around the left side for the Lansing offensive attack with first quarter success. Center Alex Powers pushed the middle back for the 2 yard quarterback sneak by Garrett Bell giving the Bobcats the 14-0 lead going into the second quarter.

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football 6246Aiden Allison and Mason Butler apply pressure

The second quarter once again continued to be a scoring quarter for the opponent. All told 21 points were tallied by Oneonta with their final score coming with a minute remaining until halftime. With Lansing set to receive the kickoff from Oneonta Aiden Allison made a super hands play with securing a hard squib kick at his own 42 yard line. With 0:58 seconds on the clock Lansing immediately ran a sweep right out of the shotgun passing formation and Miller-Labar amazingly found himself able to slide and maneuver around the edge and down his teams sideline into an open field and tally a 58 yard TD scamper. But in the words of longtime broadcaster Keith Jackson "Whoa Nellie". A flag was laying on the field and six points were taken off the scoreboard.

In the second half Allison had a big third down sack early in the second half for Lansing. From the I formation and Bell under center he dropped back and looked left for Miller-Labar on a 25 yard post pass into the end zone. The PAT kick was another successful kick by Bell to tie the score. However a flag was laying on the field and the game tying one point was taken off the scoreboard. The penalty was unclear to many in attendance and the score remained 21-20 when the second kick fell just short of the crossbar. The Bobcats played a truly exciting game on both sides of the ball. Nelson and Mike Lapar had big tackles for losses in the back and forth chess match of clock management in the final quarter. Luke Winslow was all over the field defensively and involved with many solo tackles. Kade Bennett came up with a fumble recovery earlier in the game. When the final seconds ticked off Lansing was on the short end of the 21-20 score.

Statistically for Lansing QB Be was 10 x24 for 114 yards. Rushing had Miller-Labar 18 carries x 135 yards; Darryl Fleming 11 x 36; Winslow 6 x 8. Receiving had Miller_labar 5 x 77 yards; Winslow 2 x 16; Fleming 2 x 15; Brad Lehr 1 x 6.

The Bobcats end their season at 5-4.

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