First one out of the way

Mike Lavieri/Shawnee Mission Post

By Mike Lavieri Shawnee Mission Post Sports Editor
Posted: October 27, 2016 - 9:08 PM

As the stadium lights went out for the band’s light show, so too did the lights on Shawnee Mission Northwest’s season.

Shawnee Mission East used a combination of long passes, long runs and a long interception return to down the Cougars 55-15.

The first two plays the Lancers ran, both went for touchdowns.

The first came on a play-action pass from senior quarterback Luke Kaiser to senior receiver Trevor for 58 yards.

After 13 plays and a failed fourth down by SM Northwest, senior running back Nigil Houston hit the edge and found some room to run before cutting and weaving back and forth between his blockers and Cougar defenders as he took it 79 yards.

“I try to make the most of anything I get,” Houston said. “I’m always shooting for a big play, but I can’t get a big play, whatever gets the team down the field I’m willing to do.

“When I hit the corner, coach always tells me hit the corner hard and it was all up to my blockers after that. I read my blocks and it was to the house after that.”

The rout was on.

Thompson would score three touchdowns on the night including a 59-yard reception and a nine-yard run.

Kaiser also threw a 28-yard score to senior receiver Sky Tate.

Houston continued the trend of big plays in the second half as he took a 24-yard pass from Kaiser for a score.

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