Western Tech blanks Lansdowne in football season opener

Western Tech spoiled the head coaching debut of Mark Junker at Lansdowne. The Wolverines gained 344 yards in total offense and held the Vikings to 67 yards of offense in the season opener for both schools.

The loss may have stung even more since the game was at Lansdowne, where Western Tech now plays its home games.

"We knew our conditioning would be an issue," said Junker, whose team also had two turnovers. "They had a tough time responding to the high tempo. We need to work to get in shape."

Senior tailback Payton Beachum led Western Tech's offense with three rushing touchdowns and 102 yards on 13 carries. Teammate Evens Cross rushed for 92 yards on eight carries.

Wolverines quarterback Jamal Pryor also had a standout performance, completing 8 of 13 passes for 139 yards and touchdown.

The Vikings had trouble getting started, going three-and-out on the first series. However, it didn't take long for Western Tech to get rolling — one play.

Pryor hit a wide-open Sidney Mason for a 68-yard touchdown. Beachum ran in the two-point conversion.

Lansdowne's offense was more effective on its second drive, moving down to Western Tech's 45 before Deshaun Banks punted.

Five plays later, Beachum went up the middle for 7-yard run with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put the Wolverines ahead 14-0. Pryor found Anthony Tejon in the end zone for the 2-point conversion.

Western Tech boosted its lead to 22-0 late in the second quarter on Beachum's second rushing touchdown. He finished the scoring with a 9-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter.

"It's a big win beating Lansdowne," said Western Tech coach Alan Lagon, whose team has beaten Lansdowne eight straight times in his 10 years as coach. "They always give us a tough game. To win by such a large margin is good."

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