Free State is too much for Olathe South

Lori Houk/Special to PrepsKC

By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 30, 2016 - 11:10 PM

On Lawrence Free State’s first possession, quarterback Dallas Crittendon got the ball and unloaded a bomb to Zach Sanders: touchdown Firebirds.

Crittendon and the Free State’s offense was lethal scoring touchdowns on the first play of both halves, the first being a Crittendon-Sanders bomb and the second being a Jax Dineen 56-yard scamper as Lawrence Free State (3-2) took care of business at home, winning 35-10 over Olathe South (1-4).

Free State’s Dallas Crittendon, Zach Sanders, Zion Bowlin and Jax Dineen fueled the Firebirds to 306 yards rushing and five touchdowns but Free State’s x-factor was Sanders who finished the night with two touchdowns and over 100 yards receiving.

“I thought overall we played a little bit better game,” Free State head coach Bob Lisher said. “Olathe South’s really improving, I knew it’d be a challenge and they came out and played really well and I thought our kids played really well too,”

Lisher saw his offense as a game changer too.

“We have the ability to be a big play offense and sometimes we have success and sometimes we don’t but early in both halves, we did a pretty good job of it.”

Free State’s defense wasn’t too bad either. Linebackers, Gage Foster and Jax Dineen were lights out the second half holding Olathe South scoreless. Head coach Bob Lisher loved the second half adjustments his defense made: “Well we just had to reevaluate some of our things that we were doing to stop the pass and getting our guys in the right position,” said Lisher. “We were out of position a little bit in the secondary in the first half and we just did a much better of playing better position in the second half.”

Free State’s offense separated themselves from Olathe South with big plays. South head coach Craig Lewis talked about the Falcons defense that struggled to those stop big plays.

“We have to communicate; young guys getting the calls and making sure they do it, so we gotta get better,” Lewis said. “I mean we are a lot better than we were but we still gotta get better.

“They had a couple nice big plays when we blew coverage on the first play, then we blew a stunt on the second big play, then the first play from scrimmage was a blown coverage.”

Olathe South’s offense moved the ball efficiently but struggled in the red-zone coming away with just 10 points in four tries.

“Well I thought we had decent yardage but it wasn’t when we needed it and I’ll give my credit to those guys they did a great job on defense,” Lewis said. “They brought good pressure packages and did things really well. They were really physical; just enough to stop us when we really needed one more play and we weren’t able to get that tonight.”

Lawrence Free State looks to ride the momentum at home against Olathe Northwest while Olathe South looks to rebound at home against Lawrence High School.