SM East tops Lawrence in a shootout

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: October 12, 2017 - 9:36 PM

The scoreboard got a workout Thursday, October 12 as Shawnee Mission East played host to Lawrence. The teams put up a total of 102 points, and in the end the Lancers were too much winning 62-40.

Things started well for the Chesty Lions’ defense. They forced a fumble as East was driving. Just a few plays later Dante Jackson broke a 40-yard run to put Lawrence on the board first. A point conversion made the score 8-0.

“It’s really pretty smart to keep the ball in [Jackson]’s hands,” Lawrence head coach Dirk Wedd said. “If he doesn’t have it then [Ekow Boye-Doe] should have it, if he doesn’t have it then [Jalen Dudley] should have it, and if doesn’t have it then [Hunter Kroom] should it.”

After that, the only that stopped the Lancers was the halftime whistle.

Senior running back Cole Machovsky scored the first of six first half touchdowns for Shawnee Mission East. Milton Braassch chipped in with two of the touchdowns. However, it was really the Andy Maddox show. The junior ran the flexbone offense to perfection. Maddox consistently made the correct reads and threw when passing opportunities were there - including touchdowns of 44 and 82 yards. All in the first half.

Not to be outdone, Lawrence put up their share of first half points. Jackson had an 80-yard touchdown pass of his own to go with his two first half rushing touchdowns.

“That was as bad of defense as we have ever played,” East head coach Dustin Delaney said. “Credit to [Lawrence]. Dante Jackson is a phenomenal player. Lawrence is a great team.”

At halftime the score was 42-34. Even the scoreboard operator needed a break.

“We hurt ourselves in the second half,” Wedd said, “we were driving right out of the box. We can move the football, but we are small. I would say they wore us out to a certain extent.”

After the interval, it was time for LHS to turn the ball over on their opening possession. After a great first half Jackson threw his first of two interceptions as the Lions were driving.

After the turnover, it was time for Milton Braasch to take over. He found the end zone from 15 yards out for his third of four touchdowns on the day.

Lawrence fought valiantly and answered with a touchdown of their own on the next possession. Making it a nine-point game, but that would be as close as it would get. The Lancers continued to play improved defense and Lawrence struggled to move the ball.

“We tweaked the coverages a bit,” Delaney said. “I would much rather win with a great defense than a good offense, so we have some work to do.”

East continued to grind the game out and added another touchdown. This time Maddox would run one in himself.

The Lancers take on Shawnee Mission West Oct. 19, and Lawrence welcome cross-town rivals Lawrence Free State next Friday.