SM East blows past SM North

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 1, 2016 - 12:08 AM

It was a “name your score” game for the Shawnee Mission East Lancers o their senior night when took on Shawnee Mission North Friday September 30. East scored each time the touched the ball in the first half, and won the game 77 - 26.

The Lancer’s forced a three and out on North’s first possession. A penalty on the punt return was the only setback for East all night. The Lancers scored on their first play from scrimmage. Nigil Houston took the handoff off tackle to the right side and bounced it to the sideline, and 80 yards later he was scoring East’s first touchdown of the night.

“We had pretty much everything working tonight,” Shawnee Mission East head coach Dustin Delaney said. “The line blocked, we threw the ball well and we ran the ball well.”

The Indians were stopped on fourth down on their next possession. East took over at SMN’s 28. Two plays later Houston scored another touchdown from 15 yards out on his second touch of the game.  After only three plays East was up 14-0.

The third time was the charm for North, as their offense moved the ball down the field on their next possession. Will Schneider expertly navigated the East defense with a combination of short throws and runs. Schneider capped the drive off with a one yard plunge. A two point conversion cut the lead to 14-8 with 3:35 left in the first quarter.

“Yes the game got out of hand. The score board shows that,” Shawnee Mission North head coach Ben Bartlett said. “Our boys kept fighting. I told them in the locker room there are things we can control and things we can’t. One thing we can control is our effort. I am proud of the boys for coming out in the second half and giving them a fight.”

That’s when the flood-gates opened. East would score touchdowns on their next two plays. First, was a 60 yard bomb to senior Trevor Thompson. Quarterback Luke Kaiser rolled to his right and launched a perfect pass down field. Thompson and the defender both went up for the ball. The receiver was able to keep his concentration and haul in the catch even after a deflection by the Indian and bobbling the ball himself.

A bad snap on a punt set up East’s next touchdown. Houston scored on the next play from nine yards out. With 1:28 left in the opening quarter the score was already 30-8.

After another Lancer touchdown, North found some success. This time it was Marcos Garcia. Garcia put all thoughts of a hamstring injury behind him and ran hard all night. Halfway through the second quarter senior running back took a handoff up the middle for a 25 yard touchdown making the score 38-14.

“Marcos is making strides coming back from his injury,” Bartlett said. “We planned to run him more, but the game dictated that we pass more than we hoped to. We are anticipating him being full go in the next couple games.”

Shawnee Mission East would had four touchdowns before halftime including two in the final 47 seconds. The Lancers took a 70-14 lead into halftime.

“At halftime we were just trying to get the JV guys ready,” Delaney said. “They scored a bunch of points on our JV, so we need to get them coached up.”

The second half saw East empty its bench. Combine that with a running clock and North outscored the Lancers 13-7 in the second half. North looks bounce back vs Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission East takes on Olathe East.