East is still the beast

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 26, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Shawnee Mission West came into Friday night’s game against rival Shawnee Mission East with thoughts of making a statement.

As it turned out, it was the defending state champion Lancers who did the talking.

East ran their school record winning streak to 17 games with an impressive 42-21 win over the Vikings.

“This was a statement game for us,” said East running back Wyatt Edmisten. “We wanted to come out here and show who we are.”

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Some of the names have changed for the Lancers this year, but the team-first mentality is what still comes shining through. Seven different Lancers carried the ball as they racked up 348 yards on the ground.

“It’s not the player, it’s the heart,” Edmisten said.

East jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the second quarter and never looked back. They held the Vikings at bay all night, only slowing down when they shot themselves in the foot. They turned the ball over on downs at the Vikings 2-yard line in the first quarter, fumbled the ball once and punted only once.

While seven Lancers led the way with the ball in their hand, it started up front for East.

“We are a physical football team,” East head coach Dustin Delaney said. “The backs run hard and the line plays hard every single play.

“That’s a fantastic team we played tonight. They have a great coach and just look at all of those athletes.”

Edmisten led the Lancers crew with 130 yards on 25 carries and scoring twice.

“I have to give the line the credit,” he said. “They are out there kicking butt.

“I wouldn’t be standing here (talking to you) without them. They are awesome.”

East was up 21-7 at the half and left no doubt that they were in charge by taking the second half kickoff, milking 6:30 off the clock with a 14-play, 66-yard drive that really took the wind out of the Vikings’ sails.

“This was a reality check for us,” West head coach Tim Callaghan said. “We thought we were rolling along pretty well and then you go against a team like this and you see what can happen.

“We just have to be more disciplined on offense and defense.”

After falling behind 28-7, the Vikings tried a fake punt, but the Lancers sniffed it out and held. They then scored three minutes later to turn the game into a bit of a laugher.

West added a couple of touchdowns late in the game — one on a Zach Witters to Israel Watson 87-yard pass and another on recovery of their own fumble — but Edmisten added his second touchdown between those scores to keep the Lancers way out of reach of the Vikings.

East is now 4-0 and hasn’t lost since the state title game in 2014. West is now 3-1 on the year.

After a very quiet first quarter, the two teams combined for 28 points in the second quarter.

East got on the board first just seconds into the second quarter when quarterback Luke Kaiser hooked up with Sky Tate on a 19-yard touchdown pass.

The Lancers doubled that lead just a minute later when Luke Heisdorffer scooped up a Nigil Houston fumble and returned it 26 yard for a touchdown.

After not doing much of anything offensively in the first 14 minutes — amassing just a handful of total yards — the Vikings put together a nice 66-yard, 13-play drive that lasted better than five minutes. The drive was capped by a Witters’ three-yard scoring run to cut the lead in half.

The Lancers made reclaimed the 14-point lead three minutes later when Edmisten plowed over the goal line from a yard away.

The Lancers racked up 184 yards of offense in the first half, 166 coming on the ground courtesy of six different ball carriers.