by Sydney Scheer
It might have been the last Route 66 Showdown on the gridiron. At least between the Luther Lions and the Wellston Tigers. Luther’s looking to join another district next season, so the game between the long-time rivals might not make it on the schedule. The Luther Lions had the final roar. Final score: 74 – zip.
Any alumni you speak to probably has a story about those rivalry games. My personal favorites are the spectators parading through the homecoming ceremonies with honking horns, cars decorated like parade floats, and parents cheering for the boys. The parades happened two consecutive years, so there was no karma. So long Tigers, see you around!
Friday night at Wilson Field was “Hall of Fame Night.” At half-time, the semi-finalists Lions from 1997 took the field, coinciding with their 20 year high school reunion, but who’s counting? Jacob Harmon emceed the recognition, and then introduced the band for the halftime performance.
The Lions versus the Tigers, oh my!
Luther held Wellston to a scoreless game for their offense, and 74 unanswered points for ours. There was lots of movement on the field for positions as many on the sideline had some varsity playing time. Notable players for the game were #1 Coleman Stastny, #2 Landen Krueger, #4 Tyler Becker, #5 Eddie Velasco, #22 Jesse Cole, #24 Dakota Pridemore, #25 Reed Wilson, and #26 Josh Butler. This group of guys scored on offensive drives, and completed two-point conversions. Sophomore Quarterback, #10 Peyton Wilson, started his first home game on Wilson Field. It was his second start after last week’s away game, where he led the Lions for their 60-26 win over Bethel. P Wilson completed the passes for these guys to run the score up, and they did just that. We also saw #12 Drew Scheer, and Pridemore find some room for the quarterback. Scheer completed a touchdown pass to Cole and Kreuger. Pridemore threw a few touchdown two-point conversions, and the rest was all P. Wilson. Defensive players who recovered fumbles were on fire. There were four notable fumble recoveries, two of them were completed with a score in the next possession. Bryce Pearson, #3, #8 Devin Bean, Cole, and #73 Prentice Driskell recovered the fumbles. Bean and Cole scored off their recoveries. Friday Night in Luther.
The Lions travel to Prague Friday, September 8. Kickoff will be 7pm, and we would love to see you there! Come support your Luther Lions!