Pioneers handle Garden Spot, move into three-way tie for section lead thanks to Solanco loss

From the very first offensive snap, the Spartans seemed destined to lose. Much like the Broncos in Super Bowl 48, the Spartans opened the game by snapping the ball over the quarterback's head and losing 14 yards. After a punt, L-S scored and led the entire game, going on to win 49-33.

The important news from this win is that there is now a three way tie for first in section 2, between L-S, Manheim Central and Solanco, as elsewhere, Central beat Solanco this evening. This should stack up well for the Pioneers in playoff seeding.

In tonight's game, many offensive weapons helped to save a struggling Pioneer defense, one that was especially poor against the pass. Andrew Hay caught one of Bear Shank's three passing touchdowns, a long completion for 79 yards. Kyle Metz also had a receiving touchdown of 41 yards and Jordan Boyton had the other receiving touchdown on a slick, one-handed catch. Boynton also provided a much needed kick return to the Garden Spot 23 yard line and a game clinching interception. Bear threw one interception and ran for three touchdowns and a two-point conversion, as well as having a sack on defense.

The Pioneers played well, but only well enough to beat an average team like Garden Spot. If L-S can win in the playoffs, they could face Solanco once again and have an opportunity to avenge their loss earlier in the season. However, to get there L-S has to tighten up its defensive secondary and not rely on 40 points a game from the offense. If this can happen, L-S a playoff run seems likely.

--Kevin Reed, Football Reporter

Edited: BP

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