SM East dominates Olathe North
By Ryan Dickson PrepsKC staff writer
Shawnee Mission East didn’t win the time of possession battle Friday night, but that didn’t matter.
The Lancers (3-1) totaled 546 total yards of offense while only possessing the ball just over 15 minutes. Multiple big plays, however, led to a 48-13 victory, in dominating fashion, over the Olathe North Eagles (1-3).
SM East wasted no time for its first score. On the first play of the game, East fullback Milton Braasch rumbled 64 yards on a fullback dive for a touchdown to open up the scoring for the powerful East rushing attack, which came in averaging 439 rushing yards per game. The extra point failed, giving East a quick 6-0 lead.
After forcing a three and out and taking advantage of a short Eagle punt, the Lancers again wasted no time scoring, this time on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Luke Kaiser to wide receiver Trevor Thompson.
Olathe North showed signs of life on its next offensive possession, highlighted by a 23 yard completion from Mason Myers to Jonya Boyd. The completion was just the second pass completion of the year for the Eagles. However, a personal foul at the end of the completion took the Eagles back to its own 35 yard line, but North was able to continue the drive. North mounted a sustained drive lasting 18 plays, 78 yards, while taking up nearly 10 minutes, capped off by a Jonya Body 1-yard touchdown plunge, making the score 12-7 after the extra point.
Shawnee Mission East wasted no time responding, striking in 9 plays in 67 yards, capped off by yet another touchdown run by Braasch, this time from 24yards out. Nigil Houston scampered in on the two-point conversion, making the score 20-7 midway through the 2nd quarter.
Deion Poindexter returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to the SM East 38-yard line, but the Lancer defense turned the Eagles over, with cornerback Isaiah Wright intercepting North’s Mason Myers on a 4th down attempt, setting up East at its own 34-yard line.
The Lancers struck quickly again, going 76 yards in just five plays, with Braasch running for his third touchdown of the night, this time from 24 yards out. Houston scored his 2nd two-point conversion of the night giving East a 28-7 lead.
North moved the ball to the Shawnee Mission East 12 yard line, but could not convert on a 4th down attempt, giving the ball back to the Lancers with just over one minute in the half. This was plenty of time for the quick-strike Lancer offense, with East going 88 yards in two plays – capped off by a 80 yard touchdown pass from Kaiser to Thompson, their 2nd touchdown hook-up of the night.
This capped off an impressive first half for the Lancers, who scored touchdowns on all five possessions taking up just under five minutes, and totaling 397 yards.
The Lancers picked up right where they left off, scoring in just over one minute on a 5 play, 77 yard drive, capped off by the third Kaiser touchdown pass to Trevor Thompson, this time from 21 yards out. The extra point was no good but East moved ahead comfortably 41-7.
After the next Olathe North drive stalled, SM East inserted reserves but the results were the same. The Lancers drove 57 yards in 9 plays, capped off by a 7 yard touchdown run by Eli Kurlbaum, making the score 48-7 with the extra point.
Olathe North mounted one final scoring drive, moving 85 yards in twelve plays, capped off by six yard touchdown run by Jonya Boyd. The extra point was no good, and the ending the scoring for the game, bringing the final to 48-13 in favor of the Lancers.
Shawnee Mission East’s Luke Kaiser completed 8 of 9 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns, all to Trevor Thompson, who hauled in five receptions for 177 yards. Milt Braasch tallied 135 yards on just eight carries and scoring three times for the Lancers.
Jonya Boyd finished with 57 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns for Olathe North.
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