|Leavenworth's Judson Cole battling for yardage. Photo
courtesy the Lawrence Journal World.
In the second quarter an LHS fumble set up Leavenworth to score on a 49-yard touchdown run from Jason Randall. LHS responded before the half with another touchdown pass, this time a 13-yarder from Strauss to Drake Hofer. The Chesty Lions led 28-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter Leavenworth narrowed the LHS lead to 15 points when Anthony Truelove recovered a fumble and ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown, making the score 28-13. Lawrence was able to hold off the late surge, and closed out the game with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Strauss to Buffalomeat late in the fourth quarter.
Olathe East 44, Olathe Northwest 20
Running back Kendall Kelly's decision to transfer from SM North to Olathe East this year is looking like a pretty solid decision. Not only have he and the Hawks reeled off three-straight victories, but Kelly is starting to put up the big numbers he's capable of. Olathe East left no doubts early, scoring three rushing touchdowns in the first half to gain a 21-0 lead at halftime. The scores came on a two-yard run from John Kelsh, then runs of 10 and 15 yards from Kelly.
In the second half Olathe Northwest got creative on a running back pass from Connor Middleton to Williey Cauley which resulted in a 31-yard touchdown score. Olathe Northwest trailed 21-7, but that was about as close as they came throughout the night. Olathe East's John Blazevic found Junior Williams on a 22-yard touchdown pass to make things 28-7. Olathe Northwest came back with a drive and a one-yard touchdown run from Middleton to pull to within 14 again, but then Olathe East poured it on to close things out. The Hawks scored first on a two-yard run from Kelly, then recorded a safety, then running back Hayden Frazier took a carry 40-yards for another score. Olathe Northwest's final points came late in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run from Middleton, his third touchdown of the night.
Olathe North 56, SM South 21
Another week, another blowout victory for Olathe North. The Eagles are cruising through their schedule with ease as they put on yet another route Friday night. Olathe North opened up with three straight touchdowns on runs of three and 38 yards from Orange Mooney, and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Bruce to Tanner Gentry. SM South finally answered with a five-yard run from Gabe Guild to make things 21-7.
Olathe North hit the accelerator again, scoring three more touchdowns in a row. The first on a four-yard run from Treshawn Root, the second on a 17-yard pass from Bruce to Willie Helig, and the third on a 71-yard run from Mooney. Olathe North led 42-7 at that point in the third quarter. From there, the scoring was back and forth. SM South added touchdowns on a 61-yard run from Guild and a 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Adolph Matthew. Olathe North's scores came on two touchdown runs from Elbert Johnson, his second going for 72 yards.
Olathe South 29, SM East 21
Olathe South continues to come up victorious, this time claiming a Saturday afternoon contest on their homecoming. SM East scored first in the game on a four-yard run from Jeff Cole to go up 7-0. Olathe South responded that quarter with 75-yard touchdown run from Matt Elliott to even the score. SM East scored once more in the first quarter on a 27-yard pass from Nick Pirotte to receiver Connor Rellihan. Olathe South came back with a drive and a one-yard touchdown run from Chris Wright to tie things again. Perhaps the play of the game came just before the half when Olathe South's Elliott intercepted a Pirotte pass and took it back 79-yards for a touchdown. The Falcons missed the PAT, but went into halftime up 20-14.
SM East put together a 12-play drive that ended with a three-yard run from Cole to begin the third quarter. The score put the Lancers up 21-20, but it was the last lead they would hold in the game. Olathe South came back in the fourth quarter with a 68-yard touchdown strike from Frankie Seurer to Drew Johnson. Later in the fourth the Falcons' Jared Douglas booted a 27-yard field goal to go up 29-21.
Lawrence Free State 42, SM Northwest 7
Free State appears to have found their offensive mojo. The Firebirds torched the SM Northwest defense for 516 yards, with 445 coming on the ground. Free State added three rushing touchdowns in the first half--a 14-yard run from T.J. Cobbs, a 15-yard from from Kyle McFarland, then a 10-yarder from McFarland. SM Northwest kept the game honest with a touchdown run of four yards late in the second quarter by Danny Manning. Free State led 21-7 at the half.
In the third quarter McFarland added his third touchdown of the night on a 50-yard run to give Free State a 28-7 edge. Shawn Knighton added a four-yard touchdown run, then followed that up with a 51-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Firebirds 42 points.
SM West 20, SM North 14
It wasn't pretty, but SM West managed to capitalize on a few first-half turnovers from SM North to gain a lead and ultimately claim the victory. SM West scored first when Brett Sterbach took a carry 32-yards for a touchdown, giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead. SM North fumbled the ball on their next offensive possession, and SM West's Sean Dilley scooped up the ball and took it 26 yards for a touchdown, giving SM West a 13-0 lead. SM North fumbled yet again on another possession in the first quarter, and that was recovered by SM West's Lee Spight who took the ball back 22 yards for a second defensive touchdown. The score gave SM West a 20-0 lead.
SM North was able to cut into the lead with a six-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter from Brock Burrows. The Indians added another touchdown in the second quarter on a 22-yard pass from Ryan Theis to Mason Perez, which pulled SM North within seven, at 20-13. That, however, proved to be the last score of the game for either team as SM West came away with the win.