|Olathe South's Taylor Sheffield. Photo courtesy the
Kansas City Star.
Playing an inspired game after losing starting cornerback Zach Sheffield to major kidney injury last week, Olathe South managed to make a late push and ultimately claim a victory on their homecoming. Early on it was all Olathe Northwest. The Ravens scored three consecutiveve touchdowns on a two touchdown passes from Dalton Rook, and a three-yard touchdown run by Connor Middleton. Down 20-0, Olathe South first scored when Teddy Colbert took a kickoff back 87-yards for a touchdown. Middleton added another touchdown run for Olathe Northwest to push things to 27-7, before Olathe South scored two touchdowns to end the half. The first was a 64-yard run from Jordan Ward and the second a two-yard run from Russell White. At the half Olathe Northwest led 27-21.
Ward scored the only points of the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run to give Olathe South a 28-27 lead. Olathe Northwest came back with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Rook to Corey Kipp to make things 33-28. Frankie Suerer found Matt Elliott on a 34-yard touchdown pass for the Falcons, before Middleton scored his third touchdown of the day for Olathe Northwest. At that point Olathe Northwest led 41-34. Olathe South's Taylor Sheffield (the twin of the injured Zach) had the play of the day on the ensuing kickoff returning it 70 yards for a score and tying the game. Olathe South was able to regain possession and in the waning seconds Jared Douglas connected on a 37-yard field goal to give his team a three-point win, and a 5-0 record.
Lawrence 31, SM East 0
Brad Strauss chose a good time to play the best game of his career, as it helped his Chesty Lions to a 30-0 trouncing of SM East, a team that on paper looked to be similar to Lawrence in terms of talent. Lawrence scored once in the first quarter on a 54-yard touchdown run from Strauss. In the second quarter Tyrone Jenkins added a one-yard touchdown run, and that was followed up by a 21-yard field goal from Anthony Rosen. The Chesty Lions capped off the half with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Strauss to Erick Mayo, giving Lawrence a 24-0 halftime lead. Their final score came on a 72-yard run from Strauss in the fourth quarter. For the day, Strauss put up 378 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.
Olathe East 28, SM West 21
SM West had a little surge in the second half, but it proved to be too little, too late. Olathe East's first two scores came on touchdown runs of three and four yards from Kendall Kelly, to give the Hawks a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter John Kelsh broke free and took a carry 50-yards for a score to put Olathe East up 21-0. SM West finally responded with a two-yard touchdown run from Brett Sterbach, to make things 21-7, Olathe East, at the half.
In the third quarter Olathe East added a touchdown run from 19 yards out by Kelly to jump to a 28-7 advantage. SM West was able to score two more times--both on one-yard touchdown runs from Armani Williams--to make things 28-21 in the fourth quarter, but that was all she wrote.
SM South 42, SM Northwest 35
With a 28-14 edge at halftime it looked like SM Northwest was on their way to claiming win number two on the season. Colton Dirks had led the way for the Cougars with four touchdowns on passes of 19 and 22 yards to Devin Shockley, and runs of one and 77 yards. SM South's two touchdowns came on a 33-yard run from Alex Forslund and a 73-yard run from Gabe Guild. Forslund and Guild added back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to pull the game to a 28-28 tie. Jake Horner returned the ensuing kickoff back 87-yards for a touchdown to give SM Northwest a 35-28 lead, but it would be their last. SM South scored on touchdown runs from Forslund and Guild, again, to collect a 42-35 lead.
Lawrence Free State 35, SM North 0
While their competition hasn't been the greatest, the Firebirds from Free State continue to collect wins and did so again on Friday against SM North. Free State set the tone early scoring three first quarter touchdowns. Shawn Knighton scored on a 25-yard run, which was followed up by a 27-yard pass from Kyle McFarland to Tye Hughes, before McFarland added a 65-yard touchdown run to give his team a 21-0 lead. The scoring held off until the third quarter when Knighton found Ryan Patterson on a 30-yard touchdown pass. McFarland chipped in a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to close out the victory.
Olathe North 44, Leavenworth 0 (Thursday Night Game)
It was business as usual for the Sunflower League's top team. The Eagles were led by Tanner Gentry, who caught three touchdown passes on scores of eight, 15 and 35 yards, all on passes from Jordan Bruce. Orange Mooney scored touchdowns on runs of 15 and 22 yards, helping the Eagles to their fifth victory on the season. They face an undefeated Olathe South team this Friday in one of the more highly anticipated matchups of the season.