LSE seventh grade falls to Pintos 26-14
The LSE Pirates eighth grade football team couldn’t have played any better Tuesday night in the season opener against the California Pintos.
While playing under the name of Pirates instead of Hawks for the first time, LSE recorded a shutout against the Pintos by a score of 12-0.
As for the LSE Pirates seventh grade football team, they weren’t so fortunate while falling to the Pintos 26-14.
LSE football coach Jeff Francis said the eighth grade kids played really hard and physically dominated the game.
“We felt that the score could’ve been much higher but some of our own mistakes hindered our ability to move down the field,” Francis said. “The defense played lights out and created a lot of forced fumbles. We are real proud at how physical the boys played tonight and we are looking forward to correct our mistakes tomorrow at practice and to get back on the field next week against an always tough Mexico team.”
The eighth grade Pirates scored one touchdown in each of the first and fourth quarter against the Pintos.
Running back Kole Ficken led LSE with 14 carries for 11 yards and one touchdown while Ben Eichelberger added three carries for 37 yards and Gabe Kaiser with six rushes for 22 yards.
Avery Reardon, meanwhile, completed 1 of 3 passes for 15 yards while Ficken was 0 for 4 with two interceptions.
Ficken also had the only reception in the game for LSE for 15 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ficken led the Pirates again with five solo stops, three assisted tackles and three sacks.
Christian Kosnopfal and Alex Breshears, meanwhile, finished the game with four solo stops each. Hunter Edwards finished the game with one solo stop and two assisted tackles while Gabe Rumbaoa added one solo stop, one sack and one fumble recovery, Jaylen Butner with one assist and two fumble recoveries, Gabe Kaiser and Chad Northern each with two solo stops, Ben Eichelberger with one solo stop and one sack, Adam Edler with one solo stop and Josh Teter, Josh Ewings, Ryan Beaver, Colton Gatson, Dawson Doyle, Alan Swires, Ben Horst, Kobt Abel, Sam Wiser, Jacob Bailey, Tyler Weixeldorfer and Avery Reardon each with one assisted tackle.
As for the LSE Pirates seventh grade football team, they opened the game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the first quarter. Meanwhile, after a scoreless second quarter by both teams, California came back and outscored the Pirates 18-6 in the third to go up by a score of 18-14. Then, in the fourth quarter, the Pintos added a touchdown and a two-point conversion to win the game by 12.
Francis said the seventh grade team played a really good game tonight but just had some mistakes that lead to California touchdowns.
“We had a shutout at the half and just couldn’t hold onto the lead in the third and fourth quarters,” Francis said. “We also had a touchdown called back on a penalty and turned the ball over on the possession which in turn changed the momentum of the game. Overall we are real proud on the way they came out and can’t wait to get better and improve tomorrow.”
Malik Brazil led all rushers in the game for LSE with 17 carries for 156 yards with one touchdown and one two-point conversion.
Dylan Watson finished the game with 11 carries for 140 yards and one touchdown while Tre Williams added two carries for 3 yards and Brandon Johnson with one carry for 1 yards.
Brazil also completed 2 of 5 passes for 24 yards, both of which went to Zane Mesik.
On the defensive side of the football for the Pirates, Tristan Hauptmann had five solo stops to lead LSE.
Dylan Watson and Brandon Johnson, meanwhile, finished the game with four solo stops each. Treyvon Korte had two solo stops, one assisted tackle and one fumble recovery while Malik Brazil added three solo stops and one fumble recovery, Reese Lang with two solo stops and one sack, Gavin Vollmer, Trey Williams, Dominic Barber, Hunter Cook, Zack Watring, Nate Brown, Zane Mesik and Noah Kelly each with one solo stop and Landon Weaver, Adam Schneringer, Ethan Van Dyke, Cole Corbitt, Sean White and Clayton Gochenour with one assisted tackle each.