Shawnee Mission East blanks SM West
By Ian Stanford Special to PrepsKC
Shawnee Mission East defined dominance in the regular season, breaking the Sunflower League record for points scored.
The scary thing for the remaining Kansas 6A playoff teams is that the Lancers might just now be peaking.
Friday’s 41-0 win over Shawnee Mission West could be used as a case in point. The Lancers utterly dominated a contest in which West made it past the 50 just once in the first half, when the outcome was still in some doubt.
Put it this way: If Friday’s game was in a sports movie about West football, it would be one of the games before the cheesy montage.
It was the kind of game where an East running back (Jackson Gossick) fumbled without being touched, picked up his fumble, and ran 35 yards for a touchdown. Then he scored the two-point conversion.
It was the kind of game where, on West’s final drive, it seemed that only the grace of fourth down saved the Vikings from a safety. East had gotten sacks on two consecutive plays and forced a fourth and 31 from West’s 2.
All of this is nothing against West. West isn’t a bad team by any stretch; they won state in 2012. Coming into Friday’s game they were a young, confident team that had won five straight and played East better than anyone else in the regular season, losing to the Lancers 42-19 in September. They upset Olathe South last week and were peaking themselves.
The Lancers are just that good, apparently.
“If East isn’t the best team in the state I’d like to see who is,” said West head coach Tim Callaghan afterwards.
One of the teams that might lay claim to best team in the state is undefeated Olathe North, who beat Blue Valley Friday 27-14.
The two unbeatens will play a semifinal rematch next Friday for the right to advance to the state title game. In last year’s sub-state, East beat the Eagles 37-27.
This year’s tilt should be a classic power offense vs power defense matchup. On the opposite side of East’s prolific flexbone offense is North’s staunch defense – the Eagles have given up only 10.8 points per game this year.
“[Olathe North] is a historical program in the state and we’re not really one, we’re the new kids on the block and we’re looking forward to the challenge of playing [them],” said East head coach Dustin Delaney.
So far in the playoffs the Lancers are retracing their playoff footsteps from last year, Delaney’s first as head coach, when they went all the way to the title game. They lost to Derby 28-21.
The 2013 run essentially rewrote East’s football record books. This year, the group is gunning to rewrite them again.
“It doesn’t matter who we play,” said senior running back Wyatt Edmisten with the sound of a raucous locker room in the background. “We’re just trying to get back to win this time.”
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