|The Olathe South defense made life miserable for the LHS|
offense all Friday night. Photo courtesy the Lawrence
It was going to take a stellar effort on the defensive side of the ball for Lawrence to win this game, but Olathe South didn't let that happen. The Falcons came out on their first offensive possession of the game and capped off an eight-play drive with a four-yard touchdown run from Fritz Wilbur. Lawrence sent out Tyrone Jenkins to man the quarterback position, but after they had little success with that they gave the reins to Brad Strauss. On his first drive at quarterback, early in the second quarter, Strauss marched Lawrence 80 yards down the field capping things off with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Cleavinger. The touchdown tied the game at 7 early in the second quarter.
Olathe South made some in game adjustments, including increased pressure on the injured Strauss, and the results were dynamite. The Falcons reeled off three straight touchdowns on a 33-yard run from Wilbur, a 36-yard pass from quarterback Frankie Suerer to Matt Elliott and a 31-yard run from Elliott with just over a minute remaining in the first half. Olathe South led 25-7 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter Strauss aggravated his ankle when he was tackled, effectively removing him from the game for good. Olathe South capitalized with a 22-yard touchdown pass on their next drive from Seurer to Drew Johnson, to gain a 32-7 lead. Early in the fourth quarter Olathe South tacked on another touchdown on a 24-yard run from Jordan Ward. Lawrence's final touchdown of the season came on a four-yard run from Isaiah Ross in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
SM West 52, Leavenworth 7
SM West was clearly ready to get their playoff win drought out of the way. Taking advantage of playing Leavenworth in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings led 31-0 at halftime, and rolled to a 45-point victory. The Vikings scored first when Armani Williams capped off a drive with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Joel Spiller added a 43-yard touchdown run, which was followed up with a four-yard touchdown run from Brett Sterbach. Before the half was over Williams found Andre Maloney on a 51-yard touchdown pass to make things 28-0. Kicker Mark Whitrock added a 33-yard field goal before halftime to make things 31-0.
In the third quarter SM West scored touchdown on runs of 42 and 54 yards from Sterbach and Ricco Hopkins, respectively. Leavenworth's lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Judson Cole was able to sneak in a touchdown run from 15 yards out. SM West closed things out with a six-yard touchdown run from Juanaye Stallings.
Olathe East 40, Olathe Northwest 23
Olathe Northwest's late-season run ended when they dug themselves into a first half hole that they weren't able to climb out of. Olathe East struck early on a 30-yard touchdown run from John Kelsh in the first quarter to go up 6-0. Olathe Northwest countered early in the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal from Riley Adam to make things 6-3. That was as close as the Ravens would come in this one. Olathe East broke open the game with three consecutive touchdowns from Kendall Kelly, Kelsh and quarterback John Blazevic, all on touchdown runs of less than 10 yards. Cornerback Junior Williams added two first half interceptions that helped to shut down Olathe Northwest, and at halftime Olathe East led 27-3.
Olathe Northwest played a good second quarter, scoring a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Dalton Rook to Willie Cauley and holding Olathe East scoreless. The Hawks still led by 17 at 27-10 entering the fourth quarter, however. Olathe East began the fourth quarter scoring on a three-yard run from Kelly to go up 34-10, and basically put things out of reach. Olathe Northwest's Connor Middleton scored on a five-yard touchdown run to pull the Ravens back within 17, but Olathe East's Hayden Frazier returned the ensuing onside kick 56-yards for a touchdown. Middleton scored once more for the Ravens late in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run, but it wasn't nearly enough.
SM East 38, SM Northwest 21
Like the other three winners, a strong first half from SM East set the tone en route to their sixth victory of the season. A Jeff Cole touchdown run from two yards out gave SM East an early 7-0 lead. Later on in the first quarter Dakota Collins found Logan Rose on a 35-yard touchdown pass which extended the lead to 14-0. SM Northwest answered with an eight-yard touchdown run from Austin Vanderpool to make things 14-7, midway through the second quarter. SM East was able to get on the board one more time before the half when Collins found receiver Connor Rellihan on an 80-yard touchdown pass. The Lancers led 21-7 at the half.
SM East extended their lead to 28-7 in the third quarter when Cole scored on another short touchdown run.
SM Northwest made things a bit more interesting, scoring on a nine-yard touchdown run from Danny Manning which made things 28-14, but they were never able to get closer than 14. SM East's Jake Libeer scored next on a 35-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-14. SM Northwest's final answer came when Colton Dirks found Manning on a 21-yard touchdown pass. SM East closed things out with a 32-yard field goal from Sean Luenz.