Dineen leads Free State past Olathe South

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: September 28, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Jax Dineen ran for three touchdowns as he helped lead Free State to a 31-6 victory against Olathe South on Thursday night.

The Firebirds got off to a slow start in the first half despite Dineen ripping off a 50-yard run with 3:31 left in the first quarter to open the scoring.

Maybe it was the Thursday night start leaving Free State with one day less of prep time, but Dineen said that’s how it is. He said it throws things off a little bit and noted the Firebirds have a Thursday game next week as well.

“We came out slow, but they came out fast,” Dineen said of Olathe South’s defense. “We just had to keep up.”

The Falcons flew to the football and contained the Firebirds for much of the first half until Free State subbed starting quarterback Jordan Preston out for Gage Foster for the final drive of the first half.

Foster executed the two-minute drill to perfection, setting up Dineen’s second touchdown of the night with a 35-yard pass to Keenan Garber.

On the ensuing kickoff, however, Jamison Phelps took the kickoff 98-yards and hoped to provide a spark for Olathe South as the teams went into halftime.

It was vintage Dante Hall. Phelps went right up the middle, virtually untouched before breaking to the outside.

Falcons coach Craig Lewis said he’s a special kid.

“He’s a great kid, he’s an AP student,” Lewis said. “You couldn’t ask for a better person. When he gets the ball and he’s confident, he doesn’t need a lot of room to make something happen. It’s fun.”

Lewis could feel the momentum shift and said his team had a chance, but stalled out on the first drive of the half. They forced a Free State punt on its opening drive of the half, but the Firebirds flipped the field and took control of the game.

The Falcons punted on their second drive, but left Free State with a short field and that’s when the Firebirds took advantage and put the game out of reach scoring on their next two possessions.

“We told them it’s a measuring game – we’re going to see what we’re made of, and we’ll know exactly how we have to go in the next four weeks,” Lewis said. “If you can play with them, you can play with anybody.”