Similar result but not the same game

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 11, 2016 - 10:32 PM

The Lancers of Shawnee Mission East welcomed the Shawnee Mission North Indians in a Kansas 6A quarterfinal Friday, November 11. The week 5 rematch  started out much more competitively, but East proved to be too much pulling away in the second half to a final score of 41- 25.

The key play of the game came with two minutes left in the first half. The Indians had just cut the score to 14-12, and a penalty on the ensuing kickoff gave East good field position. Milton Braasch took the handoff on the first play of the drive 55 yards to the house. East would go on to roll from there.

“It was a big play,” Shawnee Mission East head coach Dustin Delaney said. “We were pretty efficient on offense all night. Apart from the interception we never got stopped. Braasch is a beast and we have known that all along. He is very physical and very tough.”

Things got off to a good start for North as they marched 77 yards down the field to start the game. It was a mix of runs by Marcos Garcia and passes by Will Schneider. The Lancer defense held strong and stopped SMN on fourth and goal from the three.

“We were in the red zone and we couldn’t punch it in,” Shawnee Mission North head coach Ben Bartlett said. “That came back to haunt us a little bit.”

After the turnover on downs East would march down the field. Senior quarterback Luke Kaiser hit Trevor Thompson for a 43 yard gain to the Indian six. That would set up Nigil Houston for a six yard sweep for the game’s first touchdown.

North’s offense would pick up where they left off on the first drive. This time Schneider moved his team 80 yards down field. He capped the drive off with a one yard plunge. A missed extra point made the score 7-6.

“We scored points against them last time,” Bartlett said. “We didn’t think scoring was going to be the issue. It was if we could stop them defensively.”

East would score on their next possession. It looked like they were on their way when North fumbled the ensuing kickoff. However, the Indians were able to force an interception on the one yard line. And it was time for yet another long drive from the Indians. North methodically worked their way 99 yards down the field. This time Schneider would find Billy Conaway on a slant. A missed two point conversion made the score 14-12.

East would score touchdowns on their next three possessions before North would finally get on the board again. A successful onside kick looked to give North life down 34-19 with just under 10 minutes left in the game. But East would stop the Indians on fourth down to effectively ice the game for the Lancers.

The teams would trade touchdowns, and the score finished 41-25. The Lancers take on No. 1 seed Blue Valley Friday, Nov. 18 for the right to play for the state championship.