Free State ends Olathe North's season
By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC staff writer
The message was simple after Free State won a regional championship Friday night 38-22 over Olathe North.
“There are three more trophies out there boys, let’s go get em,” head coach Bob Lisher told his team
The Firebirds had no problem unleashing a potent offense against Olathe North. Both teams traded punts to open the night, and then the scoring started. With 7:16 left in the first quarter Free State running back TJ Cobbs found the end zone from 42 yards away putting Free State ahead 7-0. Six minutes later Kyle McFarland added his own rushing touchdown from one yard away making it 14-0. After the third straight Olathe North punt, Free State made them pay one last time as Kyle McFarland found a wide open Khadre Lane for a 28 yard touchdown pass quickly making things 20-0 with 11:10 left in the half.
“We wanted to jump on them quickly and put the pressure on them,” TJ Cobbs said after the win.
With Olathe North having little success on offense, Venus Triplett took things into his own hands. On the ensuing kickoff Triplett took it 84 yards to the house giving North some momentum and making the score 20-7.
Free State however would respond like the number one team in 6A should. Led by huge runs from TJ Cobbs McFarland found Tye Hughes for a 16 yard touchdown pass making it 26-7.
“Our offensive line played the best all year tonight, and it really allowed us to spread things out and keep them on their toes,” Praised Cobbs
With things getting out of hand early Cobbs added the exclamation mark of the first half breaking free for a 66 yard touchdown run giving Free State a 32-7 lead with three minutes left in the half.
“I was able to hit the holes well tonight, but I have to credit the line for everything,” Cobbs stated.
Cobbs finished the night with 13 carries 140 yards, and two touchdowns.
The Free State touchdown parade wasn’t over for the night, as McFarland found Hughes for the second time in the game this one from 15 yards out giving Free State a 38-7 lead at the half.
“We did some things really well tonight, and we did some things really poorly tonight. That kickoff return wasn’t a great thing, but our offense played well,” Lisher said.
McFarland finished the game 13-16 for 177 yards with three touchdowns in the air, and one on the ground.
The second half would give Free State a chance to rest their starters for next weeks game, and gave Olathe North a chance to keep fighting. North was able to add two late touchdowns, one from a 15 yard run by Elbert Johnson who finished with 85 yards on 18 carries. The other would be a 29-yard touchdown pass from Dontez Sanchez to Mauricio Chio with 28 seconds left in the game giving us a final score of 38-22. Sanchez finished 9-19 with 171 yards and one touchdown.
Up next for the Firebirds is Olathe East (6-4) for their first meeting of the season. East is known as a physical team, but Lisher says his team will be ready.
”We know they’ll come in here looking to out hit us, but we have to get our minds right and be ready for a battle,” Lisher said.
Just like Olathe North, East will look to run the ball against Free State. Lisher said preparations for Olathe North would help his team against East next week.
“Obviously we repaired for the run this week, and it should help us next week as Olathe East like to be tough and run the ball,” Lisher said.
With the win Free State improves to (9-1) on the season while Olathe North finished (3-7)
As Free State players headed to the locker room after the win, coach Lisher yelled one thing for his players to think about.
“Survive and advance men, survive and advance.”
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