Olathe South rolls Leavenworth
By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
Defense, defense, defense. Olathe South Falcon’s brought that and more in their 44-7 blowout of the Leavenworth Pioneers.
Head coach Craig Lewis talked about Olathe South’s second win of the season
“This feels great, this is a feeling I want the kids to get used and like, so yeah it’s definitely a much nicer feeling and I’ll sleep a lot better tonight,” Lewis said.
South (2-5) was dominant from start to finish defensively holding Leavenworth (1-6) to just seven points. The Falcons got a huge contribution from sophomore Cannon Gottschalk who had an athletic interception in the third quarter for the icing on the cake.
Olathe South’s defense was a perfect complement to their special teams which stole the night. One player in particular shined bright: senior linebacker Luke Meenahan. Meenahan was a stud blocking a Gyun Jung punt and recovering a botched punt return for a touchdown.
While South’s defense and special teams shined their offense struggled. Yes, the Falcons put up a whooping 44 but could have scored at least 60 had it not been for some major red-zone struggles throughout the game. Senior kicker Jaden Walker had a night to forget missing an extra point, field goal and kicking a kick-off out of bounds. Senior Brett Beene showed flashes of athleticism but struggled throwing the ball downfield and threw an interception in the red-zone.
The 44 points came from the run game that just grounded Leavenworth. Starting with touchdown runs from seniors Brett Beene and Oakley Reed and ending with a 44-yard four quarter rumble by junior tailback Tyler Cavil. Cavil finished with two rushing touchdowns in the blowout.
Coach Lewis loved his team’s response to adversity throughout the third quarter and game
“This is the first time we learned to get up and finish it and we haven’t done that,” Lewis said. “So this was good and we really needed it.”
Aside from a Vershaun Adams rushing score, there weren’t many positives for head coach Mark Littrell and his young Pioneers football team
“Bottom line is they came out and they smacked us in the mouth and we got to respond and we didn’t,” Littrell said.
Sophomore quarterback Dylan Mclain and the Leavenworth offense struggled in every offensive phase of the game gaining the majority of their yards in garbage time. Despite the offensive woes, coach Littrell was proud of the way his team fought
“I’m still proud of our kids, you know they battled,” Littrell said. “We saw some positives from our younger guys and our young team.”
Defensively, Leavenworth gave up 44 points but also forced Olathe South into a lot of penalties, a handful of sacks, an interception and kept South out of the end-zone twice while they were in the red-zone. Coach Littrell took notice
“I like the way our defense came out and played the second half,” Littrell said. “Our kids came out and really did a better job adjusting.”
Leavenworth will try to bounce back at home against Olathe East while Olathe South will go for back-to-back wins at Shawnee Mission North.
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