Aloha indeed! Pioneers defeat CV in seventh annual Lampeter Bowl

The L-S student section cheers the Pioneers on at halftime.
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It was the seventh annual meeting of the Lampeter Bowl, a rivalry recently dominated by Lampeter-Strasburg winning five in a row coming into this match-up.

A game that saw a weak punting performance by Conestoga Valley giving L-S’s offense great field position time and time again.

Also a CV special teams that missed an extra point and failed on a two point conversion late in the game. For the second game in a row quarterbacks Todd Shelley and Justin Edwards split snaps at quarterback with Shelley getting the start.

L-S started with the ball and put together a nice drive before turning it over to CV’s offense on a failed fake punt. Shortly after CV got the ball they punted back to L-S, but an LS fumble set up for a 34 yard CV rushing touchdown by Connor Britton with 5:26 left in the first quarter. Both teams would then exchange punts to end the first quarter.

L-S got off to a quick start in the second quarter after a slow first, with a Cam Niemeyer 4 yard rush with 11:37 left in the half. After another horrendous CV punt set L-S up with great field position, Shane Lawler capitalized with an 8 yard rushing touchdown. After yet another CV punt an interception by CV led to a tie ballgame at 14 with 5:51 left in the half. For the rest of the half L-S and CV exchanged punts playing the game of field advantage.

A 67 yard pass by CV’s Stoltzfus put CV up 20-14 after a missed extra point. Cam Niemeyer kept on pace with his great night totaling 71 yards and two touchdowns, adding another in the third quarter putting LS into the lead. With an even better game, Shane Lawler totaled 170 yards scoring again in the third, totaled 2 touchdowns, to put L-S into a larger lead that looked as if it was slipping away from CV.

It was Hawaiian night at Friday's game.
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L-S continued to tack on more scores with a 25 yard pass from Todd Shelley to Connor Ranck, putting LS up 35-20 after scoring 21 unanswered. CV tried to put together a comeback, but it was too little too late, after a CV 64 yard rushing touchdown with a failed two point conversion to end the scoring, giving L-S a 35-26 win to improve to 3-0.

With the start of league play coming up next week, Manheim Central visiting L-S, the Pioneers needs to clean up some aspects of their game. Need to stop the long play, CV had two touchdowns over 60 yards, L-S also needs to clean up the turnover game, with two interceptions and a lost fumble. Other than that it was a well-played game, L-S converting 23 first downs and totaling 412 yards compared to CV's 290.

--Mark Reed, LS News Reporter
Edited: AZ

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