Eagles soar past Falcons

Justin Flor/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 1, 2018 - 11:41 AM

It looked like it was going to be a shoot out after the first drives for Olathe North and Olathe East on August 31, but it wasn’t to be. After each team marched down the field on their opening possession, the Eagle of Olathe North flew away to a 49-20 victory.

This victory meant a lot to the returning players from North.

“We worked hard all off season. It was great to be back with my team,” sophomore Arland Bruce IV said. “Last year we lost to East after being up. We let them come back, so this was a good win to get back at them.”

Both teams found the end zone to open the game. North did it by marching down the field. Bruce led the way gaining 10 yards seemingly at will. Daymonn Sanchez capped off the drive with a 12 yard touchdown run.

“Arland has what I like to call football savvy,” Olathe North head coach Chris McCartney said. “He gets it. He understands the hard work that it takes. He is coachable and a hard worker. On top of that he is a natural. That is why he has so much success.”

Things looked bright to start the day for East. They scored after having the ball for just two minutes. Senior Tre’von Kearney broke a 48-yard run for a touchdown. A missed extra point would be just be the start of trouble for the Hawks.

Over the next two and a half quarters Olathe North would score four unanswered touchdowns extending their lead to 35-7

“Our offense, we have some weapons,” McCartney said “and our coaches do a great job. They were ready to go.”

 Olathe North simply ran the ball all over the place. The offensive line was opening up holes all night for Eagle ball carriers.

“There were so many holes that were wide open,” Bruce said, “I could go any where. Left, right straight ahead. They just opened up huge gaps for us.”

McCartney attributes it to hard work.

“We have some offensive linemen who work extremely hard,” McCartney said. “We have really talented backs that can do a lot of things. We just work really hard. Really hard.”

Olathe East would add two touchdowns in the second half. They were able to move the ball well at time in the fourth quarter.

 the end North was too much and added two more touchdowns themselves bringing their final tally to seven. It was an impressive win to start the year.

“We were close last year,” McCartney said. “I think we know what that is and what that feels like, and we want to take the next step.”

September 7 North is hosting Shawnee Mission North, and visits Lawrence Free State.