|Olathe East's Junior Williams set the tone early when he
scored on a 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Photo courtesy the Kansas City Star.
First, Kendall Kelly broke loose and took a carry 41-yards for a touchdown. That was followed up by a 22-yard touchdown run from John Kelsh which gave Olathe East a 27-10 lead. Seconds before halftime, fullback Ryan Woodson broke loose on what looked like yet another touchdown score, but he fumbled on his way to the endzone. Olathe East offensive lineman Matt Gorby was in the right place at the right time, collecting the fumble and racing four yards for the touchdown. It was that kind of day for Olathe East, as they led 34-10 at the half.
The Hawks added a five-yard touchdown run from Kelly in the third quarter, and a one-yard touchdown run from Hayden Frazier in the fourth to go up 46-10. SM West's final score came late when Sterbach added a three-yard touchdown run.
Olathe South 55, SM East 42
Talk about an offensive showcase--you know it's bad when a team scores 42 points and still loses by double digits. But that's what we had on Friday night, as Olathe South once again beat SM East in the playoffs, this time earning themselves a Sub-State appearance. The most telling statistic of the game was Olathe South's 51 rushes for 534 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
The Falcons set the tone early scoring three rushing touchdowns to start the game to jump to a 21-0 lead. The rushing scores came on runs of 74, six, and 38 yards, the first and last courtesy of Jordan Ward, and the middle the product of Frankie Suerer. SM East answered with a drive and a three-yard touchdown run from Adam Lowe, to make things 21-7. However, Olathe South came right back in the first quarter adding another Ward touchdown run from four yards out.
In the second quarter SM East actually outscored Olathe South 14-7, with their two touchdowns coming on a four-yard pass from Dakota Collins to Elliot Faerber, and a 26-yard pass from Collins to Connor Rellihan. Olathe South's touchdown came from--who else--Ward again, this time from 24 yards out. Olathe South had a comfortable 35-21 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter Olathe South scored two touchdowns, the first when Drew Johnson picked off a Collins pass and took it 58-yards to the house, and the second on a three-yard scamper from Seurer. Collins found Faerber later in the quarter on a 23-yard touchdown strike to make things 48-28. SM East would add two more touchdowns on short runs from Lowe, but they weren't able to get an closer, as Olathe South tacked on one more fourth quarter score to keep a comfortable lead.