The JV Cougars opened the 2017 football season with a convincing 40-22 victory over Waverly. The Warriors opened the scoring in the 1st quarter with a long TD pass to take a 6-0 lead. The completion was set up by a blocked Cougar punt giving Waverly excellent field position. LC responded at the 1:20 mark on a 9 yard TD completion from Zack Stone to Nathan Wilcox. The drive was kept alive by a huge 15 yard pass play to Sam Edwards on 4th and 11. Charlie Nylander ran in the 2 point conversion for an 8-6 lead.
The Cougars struck again at 8:50 of the second quarter on a 7 yard pass from Zach Gillespie to Sam Edwards to expand the lead to 14-6. Waverly was able to produce a TD of their own to even the score 14-14. LC started their next drive at the 20 yard line, but an immediate 28 yard run by Gillespie and 2 key QB runs by Stone set up a 17 yard TD scamper by Nylander to take a 22-14 advantage. Waverly drove into LC territory on the ensuing possession but a key stop on 4th and 1 by Noah Knippen gave the ball back to the powerful LC offense. The Cougars were able to advance down the field quickly with a 37 yard connection from Stone to Griffin Hotchkiss. Pulling out the bag of tricks, Coach Baker called for a RB option pass and Gillespie hit an uncovered Hotchkiss from 35 yards to widen the lead before halftime. Waverly, still reeling from the two quick Cougar touchdowns, then added another miscue by fumbling the kickoff. One play later, Edwards scored a back breaking TD on a 40 yard pass from Stone on which Edwards broke several tackles as the half expired.
To start the 3rd quarter, LC drove the field with an excellent mix of run and pass, which culminated in a Nylander 7 yard run to lead 40-14. A late TD made the score 40-22 but any further Warrior attempts at a comeback were thwarted by a Bronson Abbott fumble recovery and a Gillespie interception.
The JV Cougars next travel to Lansing Everett on August 30th to take on the Vikings.