|Lawrence High's Tyrone Jenkins did an|
admirable job filling in at the quarterback
spot for the Chesty Lions. Photo courtesy
the Lawrence Journal World.
Lawrence High's Tyrone Jenkins began the season as a second-string running back behind Charles Jackson. After Jackson suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the year, Jenkins was promoted to the number one tailback spot. After starting quarterback Brad Strauss was injured last week, followed by injuries to the second and third string quarterbacks, Jenkins was named the starting quarterback against Free State.
The Chesty Lions worked primarily out of the Wildcat formation, but Jenkins was able to connect on three passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, which kept the Free State defense honest to the passing game all night. LHS scored first when Jenkins capped off a drive in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown run to make things 7-0, Lawrence. The Chesty Lions regained possession again midway through the second quarter and converted a 30-yard field goal from Anthony Rosen to go up 10-0. A Free State turnover allowed LHS to regain the ball, where Jenkins found Erick Mayo on a 68-yard touchdown pass. LHS led 17-0 at the half.
Free State's hopes for a comeback were thwarted by a tenacious LHS defense, which forced three turnovers on the day. LHS added one more score, a 29-yard field goal from Rosen late in the fourth quarter to seal the game at 20-0.
Olathe South 36, Olathe East 18
Olathe South needed to win by 13 points to qualify for the playoffs, but it wasn't going to be easy against an Olathe East team that had won seven straight games. Olathe East bolstered that notion when running back John Kelsh took a carry on the second play of the game 64 yards for a touchdown. Olathe South's lone response in the first quarter came when Teddy Colbert split the Olathe East defense up the middle on a 60-yard touchdown run, to make things 7-6, in favor of Olathe South, at halftime.
Olathe South owned the third quarter, collecting two touchdowns and 15 points. The first score came on a five-yard run from Jordan Ward. The second came when quarterback Frankie Suerer found Drew Johnson on a slant route that went 78 yards for a touchdown. Olathe South led 22-6 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Olathe East didn't give up on their hopes of ending Olathe South's season. Kendall Kelly added two rushing touchdown for the Hawks, one from eight yards and the other one yard. However, Olathe South combated those scores with two of their own. The first was a 20-yard touchdown run from Matt Elliott and the second, which came in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and the other was a four-yard run from Ward which gave the Falcons the 13-point cushion they needed.
Olathe Northwest 56, Olathe North 28
Hard to say anyone saw this coming. Perhaps the frustration of being the "little brother" school finally reached a boiling point for Olathe Northwest. Either way, their thorough second-half domination of Olathe North was not only unexpected, but also just the second win ever for the Ravens over an Olathe foe in the eight year history of the school.
Olathe Northwest led at the half, 28-21. The Ravens' scores had comes on runs of 20 and 10 yards from Connor Middleton, in addition to a 57-yard running back pass from Middleton to Willie Cauley, and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Rook to Bryce Grimm. Olathe North kept things honest with two short touchdown runs from Orange Mooney and Jordan Bruce, and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Bruce to Ju'wan White.
Middleton's first half heroics were impressive, but he went Simone-esque in the second half. He ripped off consecutive touchdown runs of 44, 25, one, and 32 yards in the half. Those scores gave Olathe Northwest a 56-21 lead. Olathe North's final salute for the season came on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bruce to Trey Geiger late in the fourth quarter. The loss was the Eagle's fourth in a row.
SM East 27, SM South 0
SM East finally operated they way they had been wanting to all season-long. The Lancers scored first on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Collins to Connor Rellihan in the first quarter. Their second touchdown came in the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from Collins to Elliot Faerber. In the third quarter the Lancers kept at it, when Adam Lowe scored on a 68-yard touchdown run. The final nail in the coffin came in the fourth quarter when Collins found Faerber on a 13-yard touchdown pass.
SM West 34, Blue Valley North 31
This game was entirely too close for comfort for the Viking faithful. A game against an 0-8 squad from BV North ended up going down to the fourth quarter before SM West was able to pull ahead for the victory. BV North was led by Cale Gottsch who completed 19 of 60 passes for 494 yards and two touchdowns. Gottsch gave the Mustangs a 31-27 lead in the third quarter when he took a carry 15 yards for a touchdown. SM West was able to respond in the fourth with a four-yard touchdown run from Joel Spiller, putting them up three points for good.
SM Northwest 54, Wyandotte 20
The Cougars final district game turned out to be as easy as expected, as they scored the first four touchdowns of the game and led 28-8 at halftime. Tristian Anderson had a solid game for SM Northwest, scoring three touchdowns--the first two on runs of three and one yards, followed by an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Leavenworth 35, SM North 14
No game report available.