Olathe East rolls Shawnee Mission South

By Andrew Robinson PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 28, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Olathe East dialed up big play after big play to open a sizable first half lead before eventually beating Shawnee Mission South 42-14 in a homecoming matchup of two Sunflower League opponents at College Boulevard Activity Center on Thursday night.

The Raiders (2-3, 1-2 Sunflower League) set the tone early using a balanced option attack to go up 7-0, but the Hawks would tie-it up behind a drive where Olathe East (3-2, 3-0 Sunflower League) turned to junior running back Trevon Kearney several times before he eventually tied the game with a three-yard touchdown.

And from there, the Hawks dialed it up taking a 35-7 lead at halftime.

Junior quarterback Hunter Thomas found sophomore wide receiver Virgil Thomas for a 41-yard pass that would set up a three-yard touchdown run a play later. Then there was the 40-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Thomas, which junior wide receiver Ray Lewis caught on a tip-drill.

The plays only got bigger.

A series later, Thomas would connect with senior wide receiver Will Scofield for 61 yards, and then in the final minute of the half, Thomas once again connected with Scofield, this time for 64 yards.

“We just wanted to go out and execute,” said Olathe East coach Jesse Owen. “We didn't necessarily see anything that told us (big plays) were going to happen.”

Thomas said he was being given ample protection and time allowing for his receivers to get open.

“Really, we had confidence in our line to give me a lot of protection. It's hard to cover receivers for six, seven, eight seconds and that's what my line was giving me,” Thomas said.

Out of halftime, the Hawks shut the door on any thought of a comeback when Camron Mitchell-Johnson would return the opening kickoff of the second half 87-yards. Mitchell-Johnson would add an interception in the second half as well, putting an exclamation mark on the Hawks’ defensive effort which kept the Raiders’ option attack in check all evening.

Mitchell-Johnson said Olathe East was solid at keeping its assignments in order to stop the Raiders.

With a perfect record against Sunflower League opponents, the Hawks now prepare to face Shawnee Mission East, ranked no. 2 in this week’s KPreps Kansas Class 6A poll, and no. 1-ranked Lawrence Free State in back-to-back weeks before closing the regular season out against Leavenworth.

“We played well at times, but we've played well at times all year,” Owen said. “We're still yet to play a complete four quarters. We've got to improve and become inconsistent.”

Shawnee Mission South hosts Shawnee Mission Northwest next week.