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McFarland. Photo courtesy
the Lawrence Journal World.
Eventually SM South is going to come out on the winning side of a close game, but that wasn't the case this past Friday when they hosted Free State. Kyle McFarland (who may have established himself once and for all as the Firebird's full-time quarterback with his performance) connected with Sam Hearnen on an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give Free State a 6-0 lead. SM South came back with a seven-yard touchdown run from Alex Forslund, and a PAT conversion, to go up 7-6.
McFarland hit Ty Hughes on an 11-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give Free State a 12-7 edge. SM South came back with a one-yard touchdown run from Forslund to regain the lead, 14-12. The Raiders also started the second half off with a score on a 79-yard touchdown run from Gabe Guild to push the lead to 21-12. From there it was all Free State.
McFarland found wide receiver Ryan Patterson on a 67-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter. The Firebirds converted the two-point conversion and pulled to within one, at 21-20. Late in the fourth quarter with just over a minute left, McFarland connected with Calloway Schmidt on a 28-yard touchdown pass to gain the lead, 26-21. SM South had one last drive for an attempt at a score, but their chances were thwarted when Free State's McFarland picked off a Forslund pass with 25 seconds remaining.
Olathe East 21, Lawrence 20
Lawrence made a bold decision trying for a late two-point conversion, which would have put them up one point with just over a minute left, but the attempt failed and the Chesty Lions fell to 1-2 on the season. Olathe East used their usual smash-mouth style of play to jump out to a 21-7 lead at halftime. Lawrence came back in the second with a touchdown pass from Brad Strauss to Anthony Buffalomeat, which made the score 21-14 late in the third quarter.
The Chesty Lions failed on several close scoring attempts before they compiled their last touchdown drive, which went for 82 yards and concluded with a 15-yard touchdown from Strauss. Down 21-20, Lawrence had the option to try for two, or attempt the PAT and hope for an overtime victory. They chose the former and came up short. As for Olathe East, the Hawks are now 2-1 after completing the most challenging three-game stretch to start the season of any team in the league.
Olathe South 37, Leavenworth 6
It didn't take long for Olathe South to establish their run game, opening the scoring in the first quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run from Teddy Colbert. Later in the quarter the Falcons finished off a drive with a one-yard touchdown run from Russell White to go up 15-0. The game hit a stalemate until the third quarter when White added another touchdown run, this time from four yards out to put Olathe South up 23-0 after a successful two-point conversion attempt.
Olathe South's final two touchdown scores came on a 41-yard pass from Frankie Seurer to Drew Johnson, and a 20-yard pass from Seurer to Matt Elliot, to go up 37-0. Leavenworth broke the goose egg late with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Mark Dabeck to Michael Coleman.
SM Northwest 23, Olathe Northwest 20
This time around SM Northwest's late comeback worked well enough to garner a victory. For Olathe Northwest, the loss prevented what would have undoubtedly been the best start in school history.
Olathe Northwest firmly established themselves in the first half, scoring three touchdowns to SM Northwest's one, to go up 20-6 at halftime. The Ravens' three scores came on a six-yard pass from Dalton Rook to Connor Middleton, a one-yard run from Middleton, and finally a 40-yard pass from Rook to Willie Cauley. SM Northwest was able to keep things honest with a five-yard touchdown run from Colton Dirks midway through the second quarter.
SM Northwest did all of the scoring in the second half. Their first touchdown came on a five-yard run from Danny Manning in the third quarter, and their second on a five-yard run from Dirks in the fourth. The second touchdown pulled the score to a 20-20 tie. SM Northwest regained possession late in the fourth quarter and made their way to the Olathe Northwest 14-yard line. With two seconds remaining in the game, Jorn Winklemolen booted a 31-yard field goal through the uprights to give SM Northwest a 23-20 victory--their first of the season.
SM East 42, SM North 7
In contrast with what we're normally accustomed to seeing from SM East, the Lancers used their run game to fuel an early lead and solid victory over their neighbors from the north. The Lancers got on the board with two early touchdowns from Jake Libeer on runs of 17 and 39 yards to go up 14-0. SM North's top playmaker, Mason Perez, answered with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to make things 14-7. That, however, was as close as the Indians would get to evening the score. SM East added touchdowns from Jeff Cole and Tyler Nelson to pull ahead 28-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter Adam Lowe scored on an 11-yard run, to give the Lancers a 35-7 advantage. Their final score came in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard pass from Nick Pirotte to Connor Rellihan.
I have to say that there have been some really close games, some were a lot closer than I thought.
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