Football is a sport in which size, speed and talent matter, but it is also a contest in which focus is essential. The Landon football squad today learned that in order to win, the team (all of the boys on the roster) must concentrate and perform their assigned tasks on each and every down. The Bears met that goal for its first two possessions, and then made the sort of mistakes that allowed SSSA back in. The final was Landon 39 Saint Stephen’s & Saint Agnes 24. Yes, the home team was celebrating their homecoming and yes, the visitors were missing several key players, but the Coaches got their charges back into the mental “zone” to earn a victory.

The Bears’ 1st two drives were executed well. The opening kickoff’ resulted in Landon possessing the ball on the twenty yard line and eight plays/eighty yards later, they scored. This offensive attack included 4 runs by Myles Allen (#32) , and runs by Charlie Schnider (#5) and Peter Laco (#9) plus two passes from #5 to Joe McDonald (#22). The TD was a 6 yard rush through the middle by #32. Good PAT by Alexander Mockett, LANDON 7 SSSA 0 at 8:48 of the first period.

SSSA had the ball three plays and punted, thus adding to the Bears’ confidence. The visitors moved the ball 79 yards on eight plays with Myles adding to his rushing totals, Charlie passing to Johnny Sharp (#1), and #22. To finish this thrust, the Bear QB handed the ball to #22 on a jet play and as its name presages, the WR zoomed around end untouched for a 3 yard TD. As a sign of relaxation, lack of focus, injured interior linemen of SSSA scouting, the PAT was blocked. LANDON 13 SSSA 0 at 4;06 remain ing in the 1st Q.

The level of Bear comfort grew in the next defensive series– Tackles For Losses (TFLs) by Addison Sarter (#18) and Sellers Garrett (#45) and then an interception by Peter Laco. Landon took over the ball at its own 33. The execution on these next plays was not as crisp– a penalty and a sack. [The clock moved into the 2nd Q.]The further evidence of lost focus was that the punt was blocked. Momentum shifted to the home team, backed by very vocal fans.

SSSA scored in two plays covering 5 yards. Good PAT. LANDON13 SSSA 7 at 9:50 remaining until half.

The Bears got the ball back, but continued in its daze– an offside penalty and a fumble. SSSA took possession and two runs and 19 yards made it SSSA14 LANDON13 at 8:15.

The trilogy of Landon’s miscues occurred on the next series– a holding penalty and then another blocked punt. SSSA first and 10 with only 16 yards to go to score a third TD. The Bear D asserted itself– TFLs by Robby Dunigan  (#24) and #45 and held the Saints to a 27 yard field goal. SSSA 17 LANDON 13 with 5:26 until half.

The determination evidenced by the Bear D inspired the Landon O. To recreate momentum, Joe Mac took the kick off back 40 yards to midfield. Two Myles runs and then a Charlie to Jackson Howard 41 yard pass resulted in a TD. #16 converted his PAT, LANDON 20 SSSA 13 with 3:43 remaining until half.

That was not the end of the Bears’ scoring in this second quarter. SSSA got the ball in their own territory and Andrew Mitchell (#10) had a key TFL forcing the Saints to punt. The home team assembled in its kicking formation, but the homecoming coach wanted to dazzle his fans with trickeration- a fake. A group of Bears met at the 15 yard line and crushed the SSSA player. With 2:43 left, Myles ran 3 times and Deion Wellington (#21) did the jet play. Six yards out #32 punched in his 2nd TD of the opening 24 minutes, good Mockett PAT–LANDON 27 SSSA 17 with 0:31.2 left.

The last few seconds included TFLs by PJ Fitzgerald (#42) and #18.

The coaches continued their focusing efforts at halftime. The 1st SSSA drive was three and out.The Bears mounted a seven play, 66 yard drive with the usual set of runs by #32 and highlighted by a Schnider to Jackson Howard (#33)  long touchdown pass. LANDON 33 SSSA 17 midway through the 3rd Q

The home team did not go away; they put together a 11 play drive, but it was all for naught, for Addison Sarter stripped the ball from the Saints’ star running back and sprinted 83 yards down the field for a TD. LANDON 39 SSSA 17 with 2:10 until the 4th Q

The Saints put together a nice series of plays , but failed to score when Deion made a brilliant play to knock down a pass in the end zone. Taking the ball on the Landon 5, the Bears moved the ball 15 yards, but there was a turnover which gave the home team the ball only 18 yards from a score. there were moments of good D from  TFLs by #1 and #24 as well as a pass incompletion caused by #24’s quick hands. The Saints punched it in to make it LANDON 39 SSSA 24 with 4:22 until the end of the game.

Coach Padalino put in a number of new players into the game for the remaining 4:12 and they effectively ran out the clock.



back                        rushes                           yards                           TDs

Allen                       27                                       204                               2

Laco                          5                                        24

Schnider                  1                                        13

McDonald               2                                        6                              1

Wellington              1                                         2                                                            

Cord                          3                                       13


passer                   attempts                         receptions                             yards                TDs

Schnider               8                                                 5                                          121                      2


receiver                                           receptions                         yards                            TDs

McDonald                                              4                                      67

Howard                                                  2                                        54                                 2




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  1. Loved reading about Matt Coster – after a disappointing injury Senior Year, he is back!

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