|Free State's TJ Cobbs. Lawrence Journal World.
It took all of two plays, both pass completions--a 37-yarder to Keith Loneker and a 43-yarder to Zach Bickling for a touchdown-- from Kyle McFarland for Free State to jump out to a 7-0 lead on SM West.
The Vikings were able to answer in the second quarter on a 55-yard touchdown pass from AJ Verdini to Andre Maloney to make things 7 all, but Free State responded quickly adding a five-yard touchdown run from TJ Cobbs to make things 14-7. Later on SM West was forced to punt with a mere 6 seconds remaining in the first half, which allowed Free State punt returner Tye Hughes to field the punt and take it back 62 yards for a score as time expired. Free State led 21-7 at the half. In the second quarter SM West threatened once more when they capped off a drive with a three-yard run from Brett Sterbach, making things 21-14. But Free State put things away early in the fourth quarter with a six-yard touchdown run from Cobbs, giving them a healthy 14-point lead to close out the game.
Olathe South 56, SM North 13
No box score was reported but the Falcons dominated from the opening coin toss. The highlight of the night was when Falcon running back Russell White took a carry 93-yards for a touchdown. Olathe South led 43-0 at the half and controlled the game throughout.
Olathe East 28, Olathe Northwest 14
No box score was reported but Olathe East's Hayden Frazier was truly the difference in this game. The Hawks' senior running back carried the ball 33 times for 257 yards, scoring all four of the team's touchdowns. Olathe Northwest quarterback Holdyn Halperin played very well, completing 21 of 40 passes for 322 yards and one score, but it wasn't enough to give the Ravens their first victory of the season.
SM East 30, Olathe North 7 (Thursday night game)
At one point in the first quarter Olathe North had jumped to a 7-3 lead on three-yard QB keeper from Cole Murphy, but that was all she wrote for the Eagles. SM East answered the score with four touchdowns of their own. The first came on the Lancers next drive when Jordan Darling hit Connor Rellihan on a fade route in the back corner of the endzone to go up 10-3. David Sosna was the next SM East receiver to score, taking a Darling pass 20 yards for a touchdown before the half. In the third quarter Darling found Rellihan on a comeback route (which might not have been orchestrated) which turned into a 68-yard score to give the Lancers a 23-7 lead. The final score of the night came on a 36-yard run from SM East's Patrick Blackburn.
Lawrence 42, SM Northwest 13
After an opening week where both these teams surprised (good and bad) with their play, they both played at the level of their preseason expectations (good and bad) in this one. LHS came out blistering, scoring three first quarter touchdowns. The scores came on a 20-yard pass from Brad Strauss to Will Thompson, a 55-yard run from Strauss and 26-yard run from Tyrone Jenkins. SM Northwest countered with a 21-yard touchdown run from Devin Shockley to make things 22-6 early in the second quarter. Before the half Jenkins added two more touchdown runs from 15 and 21 yards out, giving LHS a 36-7 halftime lead. Strauss connected with Drake Hofer on a 11-yard pass in the third quarter to put the Chesty Lions up 42-6. SM Northwest's final score came on a one-yard run from Lucas Karlin midway through the fourth quarter.
SM South 17, Leavenworth 3
SM South was able to lean on solid defensive play and their workhorse running back, Gabe Guild, to grab their first victory of the season. The Raiders got on the board first when they compiled an opening drive of 12 plays that ended with a 44-yard field goal. Leavenworth came back with a nice drive of their own which ended with a 27-yard field goal from Judson Cole to tie the game at 3. Just before the half Leavenworth's Isaiah Ross fumbled the ball on a punt return and SM South's Chaz Union picked up the ball and took it back 45-yards for a score. Leading 10-3 at the half, the Raiders added a touchdown in the second half on a five-yard score from Guild. Leavenworth's star running back Jason Randall was held to 38 yards on 13 carries while Guild churned out 204 yards on 35 carries.
Social Media Standings
Follow me @eliunderwood. I will follow you back. Teams that have the most interaction during the week (follows, Retweets, Tweets @eliunderwood, Favorites, comments, etc.) earn the most cred on the social media standings.
The most interactive Tweeters from each school get their username's listed below their school and I would strongly encourage you to follow these users because of their high volume of interactivity.
1. Olathe South Falcons
The Falcons continue to bring it strong. I'll be interested to see the amount of interaction they have this week leading up to the Free State game--a matchup that could feature the league's top two teams.
2. SM West Vikings
Props to the Vikings for getting the Nordic Nasties nickname back up and running. It was awesome seeing the student section's name hash tagged throughout the week. You know they'll bring it strong as their Vikings look to get back on track in week three against Olathe North.
3. SM East Lancers
Winning makes everything better including Twitter interaction. The Lancers brought it strong this past week especially around the time of their team's 30-7 defeat of Olathe North.
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