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Wait is worth it for the Warriors

September 13, 2011
By MARK PAWLAK - Assistant Sports Editor ( , Times-Republican

THORNBURG - The Warriors had the same amount of success corralling their junior leader Vincent Lasley as Harmony did all night - none.

Lasley was a part of five touchdowns for Meskwaki Settlement as the Warriors defeated Harmony 54-28 on Monday in the completion of their 8-man District 5 football contest at Tri-County High School.

The game was suspended on Friday night due to a power failure at Harmony High School in Farmington with the Warriors ahead 14-6 with 4:39 left in the first half. The two teams met in Thornburg - roughly halfway from the two schools - to complete the district opener.

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Meskwaki Settlement wide receiver Denness Keahna runs away from Harmony defenders Jarric Nelson (20) and Kyler Nelson (15) before being caught at the 1-yard line during the Warriors’ 54-28 victory over the Rockets in an 8-man District 5 football game Monday night in Thornburg.

"It's a great feeling for us. We needed the district win, to win our first district game is huge," said Meskwaki head coach Todd Dale. "Now we've got to take the momentum and bring it home for Friday against Grandview Park Baptist."

The starting quarterback Lasley finished with two rushing touchdowns, two receiving scores and also threw for a touchdown as the Warriors improve to 2-2 overall. Harmony drops to 0-3.

After the game, the Meskwaki cheering section and players sang 'Happy Birthday' to Lasley to celebrate his birthday, which was over the weekend. Two Warrior players went to grab the Gatorade cooler to dump on Lasley, but even with the remaining members of the team trying to slow him down, Lasley escaped. Denness Keahna ended up getting the Gatorade shower intended for Lasley.

There aren't a lot of sections in the playbook for a second-and-39, but Lasley helped the Warriors out of a huge hole in the fourth quarter. In the long yardage situation on its own 1, Lasley was able to find an opening in the middle of the field to gain 35 yards.

"You put him in a position where he can either throw the ball or keep it, just let him do his thing," Dale said. "The receivers do their job and he's going to be open to run. They take all the defenders down the field and tie them up. I wasn't expecting to get that many yards out of that play, I was hoping to get back off the end zone."

The snap on the following play was off the mark, but Lasley grabbed it on a bounce and after ricocheting off and weaving through would-be Rocket tacklers came away with a 29-yard run to gain the first down.

"(Lasley) definitely was one of our MVPs this game and we had a lot of kids step up," Dale said. "He's got the stats, but our offensive linemen played lights out, Deontre Butts played lights out, even compared to Friday night."

Winston Wolf scored on a 15-yard run on the next snap to put Meskwaki ahead 42-12.

Wolf finished the contest with three touchdowns - two rushing and one receiving.

A 24-yard pass to Wolf from Lasley got the Warriors going to start Monday's play and Wolf's 6-yard touchdown run gave them a 22-6 halftime lead.

The Warrior defense stopped Harmony on back-to-back possessions to begin Monday's action and were able to jump out 30-6 after Lasley's 45-yard touchdown just over a minute into the second half.

A handful of sacks and tackles for loss which included stops by Lasley, Wolf, Mythias Keahna and Demarce Keahna led the Meskwaki 'D' in a game that finished 73 hours after it started.

"I always think our slow starts are partly because of our numbers," Dale said. "We don't get to line up against other teams' offenses in practice a lot because we just don't have the numbers to emulate them. So it's huge when you get to face them and get a break, that maybe helped us out more than anything because our kids knew what they were looking for."

Quarterback Jarric Nelson rushed for a pair of scores in the second half for the Rockets.

The blown transformer Friday at Harmony marked the second time this season the Warriors have been in a game that had a power failure. Half of the lights went out at Preston in the season opener.

Meskwaki returns home to host Grandview Park Baptist (0-3, 0-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m.