Olathe South runs over SM East again
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Olathe South came into Friday night’s Class 6A quarterfinal game wanting to dictate the tempo.
To say they did exactly what they wanted against Shawnee Mission East might be a bit of an understatement.
The Falcons ran roughshod over the lancers on their way to a 55-42 win to advance to next week’s state semifinal game against Olathe East, a 46-16 winner over SM West.
The Falcons ran for 532 yards on the Lancers, led by Jordan Ward’s 287 yards and five touchdowns.
The Falcons jumped out to a 21-0 lead after just six minutes Friday night and never looked back.
“We didn’t really talk about it much, but we really wanted that cushion,” Said South head coach Jeff Gourley. “We wanted to play from out in front and make them keep coming at us. And that’s exactly what they did.”
After going up 21-0, both teams took turns scoring for the rest of the first half. South led 35-21 at halftime.
“We definitely wanted to get on them early,” Ward said. “And we just kept going with it.
“We saw it as an opportunity to get out there and take it to them.”
While the Falcons were rolling through the first half, they still had to get that one stop to put the game away early in the second half and they got it when Drew Johnson picked off a Dakota Collins pass just two minutes into the third quarter. He took it in for a touchdown form 58 yards out, putting South up 42-21.
They would add another touchdown five minutes later when Frankie Seurer, Jr. went in from 32 yards out to put South up 48-21.
“The offense helped the defense tonight, that’s for sure,” Gourley said.
After East scored on a Collins to Elliot Faerber 23-yard touchdown pass with two minutes left in the third quarter, Ward added his fifth touchdown of the night late with 3:41 to play.
East added a couple of late touchdowns, but South had already begun the mass substitutions at that point.
“We just couldn’t stop them,” said East head coach Chip Sherman. “When you can’t stop the run, not a lot of good things are going to happen.”
Adam Lowe added the final two touchdowns for East, scoring for 8 and 10 yards out in the final two minutes
After Ward put South up 7-0 with a 74-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game, Matt Elliott intercepted Collins, setting up South with a first down at the Lancers 30. Seven plays later, South was up 14-0 after Seurer went in on a 6-yard sneak up the middle.
Ward then scored the Falcons next three touchdowns. The first of which came on a 38-yard run with 5:48 left in the first quarter.
Over the next quarter and a half, the Falcons and Lancers traded touchdowns.
After South went up 21-0 on Ward’s second touchdown, East answered with a 3-yard touchdown run by Adam Lowe. Then Ward went in from four yards away. Then Collins hooked up with Elliot Faerber for a 6-yard score. Then Ward went in from 24 yards away.
The first half scoring was capped by East when Collins hooked up with Connor Rellihan from 26 yards out.
The Falcons came up short on fourth-and-12 play with 40 seconds left deep in the Lancers’ end, turning the ball over on downs. The turnover stopped a string of six straight possessions that ended with touchdowns — three for South and three for East.
The Falcons ran all over the Lancers in the first half, racking up 380 yards on the ground and a total of 396 yards of total offense.
East had 129 yards through the air in the first half and 93 yards on the ground. East finished with 277 yards through the air and 165 yards on the ground. Collins was 25-of-33 with two interceptions.
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