Charging to a 1 seed

Andrew Robinson/PrepsKC

By Andrew Robinson PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 6, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Shawnee Mission East head coach Dustin Delaney offered a bit of motivation for his team following its 43-14 victory over Olathe East on Friday night at College Boulevard Activities Center.

His message: Keep winning and you’ll have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

“Our kids understand what’s at stake,” Delaney said following the game. “We’re trying to get to late November and that’s the goal of our program and always will be. Our kids will be motivated.”

Outside of its loss to Rockhurst, Shawnee Mission East has outscored its opponents 216-61 including Friday’s result.

The Lancers (5-1, 4-0 Sunflower League) cleared another hurdle Friday defeating Olathe East (3-3, 3-1 Sunflower League). Shawnee Mission East sits atop the Class 6A east standings, while Olathe East sat no. 2, but from the beginning of the game, the Lancers proved there’s some distance between the two teams.

In the game’s first five minutes, Shawnee Mission East sprinted out to a 15-0 lead. On the Lancers’ first play from scrimmage, Michael Perry ran for a 59-yard touchdown on an option pitch.

“To have Michael take that to the house and give us a 7-0 lead was really big,” said junior quarterback Andy Maddox. “We just kind of kept rolling.”

Olathe East struggled offensively going three and out on its first two possessions including a snap over the punter’s head resulting in a safety.

Two plays later after the free kick, junior quarterback Andy Maddox scored on an 18-yard touchdown run.

Shawnee Mission East used an interception to set up a short field and go up 22-0 on a 5-yard run by senior running back Milton Brassch II.

Maddox would add a 19-yard touchdown pass, and Brassch would add another touchdown run giving Shawnee Mission East a 36-0 lead at halftime.

“When everything clicks like that, it’s pretty good,” Delaney said.

Shawnee Mission East finished its scoring in the second half with an 88-yard touchdown pass from Maddox to Kelyn Bolton.

“They did some good things, made some plays,” Delaney said. “I thought defense played really well. They made them drive the football and didn’t give up any big plays.”

After its slow start, Olathe East would have some bright spots in the second half.  The Hawks put together a 12-play, 77-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, capped by a 1-yard run from junior quarterback Hunter Thomas. The Hawks’ defensive highlight came when Ray Lewis picked up a fumble and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown after teammate James Groomes jarred the ball loose with a big hit on Braasch.

The schedule doesn’t get easier for Olathe East. The Hawks pay a visit to Lawrence Free State next week, while Shawnee Mission East plays Lawrence before ending the regular season against Shawnee Mission West.