Faerber leads East to win over Northwest
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
What could have been a close game turned into the Elliot Faerber show as Shawnee Mission East topped Shawnee Mission Northwest 28-3 Thursday night at Shawnee Mission North.
The Lancers led just 7-3 at the half before Faerber put on a show with two second half touchdowns that showcased all of the standout senior’s abilities. Faerber grabbed a ball from 10 yards out and dashed for a score on East’s first drive of the second half to make the margin 14-3.
Then as the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter Faerber went to the corner of the endzone on a fade pattern from quarterback Dakota Collins. Faerber used his speed to get past the Cougars’ defender and then laid out for a diving catch that made the score 28-3.
While the score made the game look like the Lancers were dominant from start to finish it was a tight game in the first half. Northwest came out and grabbed good field position on a big return of the opening kickoff. The Cougars were able to turn the field position into an early field goal and take a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.
East answered back in a big way when Troy Wilkins first bobbled the ensuing kickoff then ran it back for a 75-yard touchdown. That is where the scored stayed until halftime. After halftime East dominated offensively with three solid touchdown drives combined with a defense that stymied the Northwest rushing attack and harassed Cougars quarterback Colton Dirks just enough to keep the passing game in check.
Northwest’s night could be summed up in one play right before the end of the first half. East quarterback Dakota Collins took the snap and threw a ball out to the sideline for a wide-receiver screen. The pass was incomplete but was clearly a backwards pass. Cougars’ linebacker Austin Vanderpool picked up the ball and was racing down the field with no one in site but the officials had ruled it an incomplete pass. The Lancers got the ball back and that non-play was Northwest’s best chance to score the rest of the night.
Faerber finished the night with nine catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
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