|Andre Maloney broke away for a late TD. KC Star.
The biggest game in the Shawnee Mission School District this season held check for three quarters before SM West took control in the fourth quarter. The scoring began in the first when Jordan Darling, facing a heavy rush, threw a bad pass off his back foot which was picked off by SM West's Cooper Arner and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. SM East came back on their next drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Darling to Billy Sutherland to tie the game at 7. Just before the half SM West scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from AJ Verdini to Ben Lake, to go up 14-7 at the intermission.
In the third quarter SM East tied the game when they put together a solid drive, capped off with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Darling to Sutherland to the same corner of the endzone. With the game tied at 14 entering the fourth quarter, it looked like things would go down to the wire. But SM West dominated the final 12 minutes of play. First they capped off a drive with a one-yard touchdown run from Brett Sterbach to go up 21-14. On SM East's ensuing possession, Darling threw a pass which was picked off by Lake around midfield. SM West went for the jugular on the next play, when Verdini connected with Andre Maloney on a 56-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-14. The Vikings iced the game later in the quarter when Joey Reed booted a 22-yard field goal to give SM West a commanding 31-14 lead.
Lawrence Free State 47, Leavenworth 14
Free State continued on their tear of the league, going up 28-0 at halftime on Leavenworth and eventually ending the Pioneers' playoff hopes. In the first quarter Kyle McFarland hit Tye Hughes on a 54-yard touchdown pass to give Free State a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter the Firebirds scored three touchdowns, first on an eight-yard run from Joe Dineen, next on a one-yard run from Demarko Bobo and finally on a 25-yard pass from McFarland to Hughes. The third quarter was all Firebirds as well, as they added two touchdowns on runs of four and five yards from TJ Cobbs to establish a 41-0 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Firebirds pushed the lead to 47-0 when Carson Bowen picked off a pass and returned it 50 yards for a score. Leavenworth finally added touchdowns on a 97-yard kickoff return from Jason Randall and an 18-yard run from Landry Hodges.
Lawrence 57, Wyandotte 16
This game was over pretty quickly, as LHS led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter and 37-7 at halftime. Brad Strauss scored all three of the Chesty Lions' first quarter touchdowns on runs of 14, 25 and 11 yards. In the second quarter he connected on touchdown passes of 16 and 24 yards to Erick Mayo and Josh Seybert, respectively, to give LHS a 37-0 lead. Wyandotte got on the board just before half when Dimonic McKinzy found Mario Garcia on a 20-yard touchdown pass. In the third quarter LHS added two rushing touchdowns, the first a 25-yarder from Tyrone Jenkins and the second a 15-yarder from Drew Green. Wyandotte scored on a 58-yard run from Xavier McKinzy during the quarter. In the fourth quarter LHS' Ryan Bellinger scored on a three yard run to put the Chesty Lions up 57-16.
Olathe South 34, Olathe Northwest 31
The defending state champ Falcons were given all they could handle from crosstown foe Olathe Northwest, but in the end they did just enough to come away with the victory. Olathe Northwest scored first when Holdyn Halperin hit Chase Gitlin on a pass to go up 7-0. Olathe South answered back when Frank Seurer hit Matt Elliott on a 77-yard touchdown pass, making the score 7-6. Olathe Northwest came back with a 23-yard touchdown run from Alex Pruss to push the lead to 14-6. Olathe South answered with a second touchdown on a 19-yard run from Russell White, pulling within two, 14-12. The back and forth continued when Olathe Northwest's Cody Sestrich took a score in from one-yard out, just before the half, to give the Ravens a 21-12 halftime lead.
Olathe South's opening drive of the second half ended on a three-yard touchdown run from White, and a successful two-point conversion made the game 21-20, with Olathe Northwest still out front. The Ravens next countered with a field goal to push the lead to 24-20. After halting Olathe South's next possession, Olathe Northwest came back with a touchdown on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Halperin to Nathan Power. The score gave Olathe Northwest a 31-20 lead. Olathe South then came back with a drive and a three-yard touchdown run from White, his third of the day, to make the game 31-27. With five minutes left the Falcons regained possession, drove and scored again, this time on a one-yard run from Seurer.
Olathe East 33, Blue Valley Northwest 3
Olathe East ensured a playoff berth by soundly defeating Blue Valley Northwest, led by former Olathe East assistant coach Mike Zegunis. The Huskies actually scored first on a 27-yard field goal from Ryan Gish in the opening quarter, but Olathe East put 33-straight points on the Huskies from that point on. In the second quarter Hayden Frazier scored on a 12-yard touchdown run to give the Hawks a 6-3 advantage. Frazier added touchdown runs of three and six yards later in the quarter to go up 19-3 at halftime. In the third quarter Olathe East added two touchdowns to seal the game. The first came on a two-yard run from John Blazevic and the second on a nine-yard run from Jalen Branson.
SM South 21, Blue Valley North 19
No box score was available, but SM South did just enough to keep their playoff hopes alive for another week. The Raiders jumped out to a 14-6 first half lead on a four-yard touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Chase Allen and a long touchdown run from Jawann Stennis. Blue Valley North added a touchdown of their own to go into the locker room down 14-6 to the Raiders. In the second half Allen would score again on a short run to put his team up 21-13. Blue Valley North added a touchdown pass with under a minute left to pull to within two points, but even a successful onside kick wasn't enough to get them in position for the victory, as SM South came out on top.
Gardner-Edgerton 59, Olathe North 28
The Traevohn Wrench show continued in district play. GE jumped out a 7-0 lead on the first play from scrimmage when Wrench took handoff 58 yards for a touchdown. Jared Hobby found Josh Lang on a 15-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-0 on GE's next possession, before Wrench added two more touchdowns on runs of eight and 72 yards to give his team a 28-0 lead. Olathe North's Elbert Johnson broke the shutout with a 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make things 28-7. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Wrench came right back with a 72-yard touchdown run to push GE's lead to 35-7. Olathe North put together a nice drive with just under a minute remaining in the half to score on a pass from Dontez Sanchez to Josh Moore, and headed to the locker rooms trailing 35-14.
In the third quarter Sanchez found a receiver on a 71-yard touchdown pass bring the score to 35-21, GE. Hobby capped off an 80-yard touchdown drive with a one-yard plunge to give the Trailblazers a 42-21 lead later in the quarter. On GE's next offensive possession Hobby was picked off by Jake Reed who took the interception back for a touchdown, making things 42-28, GE. On GE's very next possession, Wrench found the endzone again, this time on a 76-yard touchdown run. The leave put GE up 49-28. Hobby found Lang on one more touchdown pass, before GE added a field goal to close out the game with a 59-28 victory. Wrench put up 362 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries. Through two games in district he's accumulated 670 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 62 carries. Wow.
SM Northwest 42, SM North 14
This years' Hula Bowl belonged to SM Northwest, the seventh year in a row in which the Cougars have won the rivalry game. SM Northwest jumped out a a 14-0 lead on a two-yard run from Kelby Quint and a 44-yard run from Jacob Gillian. SM North countered with a 13-yard run from Nick Finazzo to make things 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. Later in the half Quint added two more touchdowns on runs of 18 and 10 yards to put the Cougars up 28-6 at the half. In the third quarter the Cougars added two more touchdowns, the first on a one-yard run from Lucas Karlin and the second on a one-yard run from Quint to go up 42-6. SM North got on the board last with an 11-yard run from Michael Williams. Quint finished the night with four touchdowns and 193 yards rushing.