Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 10/6
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
OK, it’s time. It’s time to stop waiting for the right time to finally say it.
We can say it now. No matter what has happened, and especially no matter what lies ahead, Shawnee Mission East is good. Really good.
Forget about the schedule.
Oh, you’ve heard. Heck, you’ve probably done a little investigating.
The Lancers have yet to play a team over .500. They have played only two teams with .500 records — and that includes a week 1 matchup when both teams were 0-0.
After Friday night, the Lancers opponents are a combined 7-39. That resume includes four winless teams, three teams with just one win and two 2-3 teams.
Forget that they don’t play any of the Olathe schools in the regular season.
These guys are flat killing it right now. Their lowest output of the season came in a 40-0 pasting of Gardner-Edgerton. They have scored at least 41 in each game since and have put together back-to-back 42-point performances against two of their toughest opponents to date. The most recent was a completely dominating 42-14 win over Lawrence-Free State.
They kept one of the most dynamic offensive weapons — Bryce Torneden — in the Sunflower League in check, holding him to 69 yards rushing and just 57 yards through the air.
These Lancers came onto the scene a year ago, rolling to an 8-1 regular season and advancing to the Kansas Class 6A state title game.
It’s no accident that the Lancers are back and maybe better than a year ago.
Dustin Delaney brought a breath of fresh air to the Lancer program last year and his no-stone-unturned and no Ts uncrossed method has the Lancers perched atop the state rankings with one game to go before district play begins.
The secret to the Lancers success?
You can’t pin it on one guy.
When it comes to these Lancers, it’s all about the team.
Wyatt Edmisten may have 14 rushing touchdowns, but that’s about the only glaring stat.
Five different East players scored in Friday night’s lopsided win at Free State.
“It’s all about the team,” quarterback Gunnar England said. “As long as we keep winning, no one really cares about anything else.
“Team is all that matters.”
And no matter who is on the other side, winning is all that matters, and that is all the Lancers are doing — and will continue to do.
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