Shawnee Mission East pounds Leavenworth
By Jason Strickland The Leavenworth Times
Shawnee Mission East dominated the line of scrimmage against the Leavenworth Pioneers and it propelled them to a 34-0 win in the season opener on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The Lancers were able to run the ball effectively with an option offense and the Pioneers were able to get a couple bursts on the ground, but were never able to consistently run it.
Senior running back Jason Randall carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards.
"We couldn't do anything to get Jason out and in the open," said head coach Mark Littrell. "They had a good scheme and we just didn't get the job down up front, basically is all it boils down to."
The first quarter stayed relatively quiet with the Pioneers turning it over on downs and punting twice, but Leavenworth was able to recover a Lancers fumble inside the five-yard line to stop a threatening drive.
It was the second quarter that gave a big edge to the Lancers.
SM East had three touchdown drives and picked off Pioneers' junior quarterback Landry Hodges.
The first score came about three minutes into the quarter when the Lancers threw a 21-yard touchdown.
After the Hodges interception, SM East ate up clock on a 14-play touchdown drive that ended with a 1-yard quarterback keeper up the middle with 2:54 left before half.
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