SM East takes down SM South

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: September 28, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Shawnee Mission South hit Shawnee Mission East with an uppercut on the first drive of the game as Raiders running back Parker Minnick scored on a 73-yard run. It took the Lancers a few drives to recover before taking control in their 35-18 victory Thursday night.

Shawnee Mission East coach Justin Hoover said his team was able to settle down because they remembered that it’s a 48-minute football game.

“I think we were amped up to play,” Hoover said. “The thing that happened on third down is a result of not making a play on first and second downs. Now they have a two-way go. They can run or pass on third down instead of being back there on third and 13 where they very easily could have been and then you eliminate the big play based on the down and distance potentially.

“The next thing was recognizing ‘play the next play.’ We talk a lot about being able to get rid of a bad play, go make a new one and I thought our guys did a good job of that coming down the stretch.”

The Lancers rebounded with 21 unanswered points getting touchdowns from Tony Friends on a 23-yard run and Andy Maddox connecting with Trey Echols for 27 and 42-yard scores.

Friends added a 58-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, which showcased his speed, shiftiness and vision. He was given a big lane by the offensive line that he accelerated through and found himself in the open field. He picked up a few blocks from his receivers before cutting left and hit the gas on his way to the end zone.

“We’re seeing him be a little more patient,” Hoover said. “He’s so quick that sometimes he gets ahead especially in the gap runs where we’re pulling people. Watching himself grow as a player and be more patient is huge. The thing he’s so good at is the first guy hardly ever brings him down. Now you’re getting guys at bad angles and over running things. So when he does make his cut, typically it’s against a guy with a bad angle so he’s able to make yards after contact.”

The offensive line for the Lancers did a good job opening up lanes for Friends and Rashaun Burney and was able to protect Maddox. On the other side of the ball, the defensive line after the first series, was able to contain and pressure quarterback Jack Roberts.

Raiders coach Brett Oberzan said the game plan was trying to get the ball into the middle of the defense to open up the outside.

“As much as I want to say it was (Shawnee Mission East’s defense), but it was a lot of us,” Oberzan said. “We missed a lot of assignments up front – blocking assignments. But they did a good job of getting (Roberts) contained on passing downs. They brought pressure from different spots and we weren’t able to handle it.”

When Roberts was able to make plays he was able to connect with 6-foot-6 wide receiver Will Huggins, who the Lancers defensive backs had difficulty defending.

“We attempted to get to the passing game a lot of the times, but it would get shut down just from the pressure,” Oberzan said.

Shawnee Mission South will look to get back in the win column next week as they host Lawrence. Shawnee Mission East begins a difficult stretch with games against Olathe North followed by Free State.