|Olathe East receiver Zach Cahill hauled in a|
71-yard touchdown reception for Olathe East's
first score of the season. Photo KC Star.
After a scoreless first quater, Blue Valley West got on the board twice in the second quarter on 21 and 40-yard touchdown passes from Zev Mallin to Luke Curtis and Mark Collins, respectively. On the opening offensive play of the second half JD Woods took a carry 78 yards for a touchdown to pull LHS to within seven, at 14-7. But Blue Valley West took over from there. Mallin hit Blaise Gammon on a 15-yard touchdown pass, before Sam Daily recovered a LHS fumble and took it back 10 yards for a touchdown. That score gave Blue Valley West a 30-7 lead. Tyler Cox busted a 45-yard run up the middle for the Jaguars on their next possession to make it 37-7. LHS got on the board again late on a 45-yard touchdown run from Trey Moore.
Lawrence Free State 20, SM West 14
Free State scored first when Bryce Tornden took a quarterback keep in from 12-yard out, concluding an 89-yard drive. SM West answered early in the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Adam Rellihan to Asher Goldston. Free State was able to take a 14-7 lead into halftime when Torneden got on the board again with a 11-year touchdown run with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. In the third quarter SM West tied things up again on a 41-yard touchdown run from Goldston. The score stayed tied at 14, until late in the fourth quarter when Torneden found Joel Spain on a 19-yard touchdown pass to give the Firebirds a 20-14 edge.
Leavenworth 19, Great Bend 0
The Pioneers started the game with a 99-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a touchdown run from Landry Hodges. They didn't look back. The Pioneers added two more field goals, and another touchdown run from Hodges, to win just their second season-opener in the past seven seasons. The shutout also marked the Pioneer's second defensive goose egg in Mark Littrell's two-year tenure.
Olathe East 26, Garden City 14
The season started with a bang for Olathe East, as they broke opening scoring on the season with a 71-year touchdown pass from Chase Miller to Zach Cahill midway through the first quarter. Miller capped off another drive in the first quarter with a short touchdown plunge, to put the Hawks up 13-0. Garden City kept things honest when they scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Derek Hill to Caleb Trump. Chris Diddle was able to add a 22-yard field goal to give Olathe East a 16-7 lead. But that wasn't all. Just before the half ended Olathe East regained possession, and capped off a two-minute drill with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Harrison Branson. The Hawks took a 23-7 lead into halftime. Garden City made things interesting, scoring on another touchdown pass to Tramp early in the third quarter, but they weren't able to get any closer. A 47-yard field goal from Diddle sealed the deal in the second half.
Olathe North 18, Rogers (Ark) Heritage 13
Heritage managed two first half field goals from Eric Grom to jump out to a 6-0 lead. After an injury knocked Olathe North's starting quarterback Cole Murphy out of the game in the second quarter, Murphy's backup, Matt Wright, entered the contest a did quite well. He was able to even the game on a 60-yard touchdown run with three minutes left in the first half, bringing things to a 6-all tie at the half. In the third quarter, Wright found Denzel Foster on a 15-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles up 12-6. But Heritage answered with a 61-yard touchdown run from Joey Saucier at the end of the third quarter to give Heritage a 13-12 edge. Wright was knocked out of the game with an injury early in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles had to go to their third string quarterback. The game held at 13-12 until late in the fourth quarter. Olathe North drove deep into Heritage territory, but couldn't keep the drive going and turned the ball over on downs. Heritage regained possession with 1:53 remaining in the game -- and Olathe North was without timeouts. But Heritage fumbled on first down, and Olathe North was able to recover the loose ball. Four plays later Venus Triplett scored on a four-yard touchdown run, with 44 seconds left in the game, to give Olathe North a 18-13 win.
Hays 12, Olathe Northwest 10
Hays jumped out to a 6-0 lead in this one when they capped a drive with a two-yard touchdown run from Connor Rule. Olathe Northwest answered at the end of the first quarter when they finished a drive of their own with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Jack Hatzfeld to Adam Harter to go up 7-6. The Ravens added a 25-yard field goal from Devin Antcil to take a 10-6 lead into the half. The score held until the 4:59 mark of the fourth quarter when Hays quarterback Alex Delton was able to cap a drive with a short touchdown run to give Hays as 12-10 advantage.
Olathe South 24, Hutchinson 2
Olathe South began the season with a 68-yard touchdown drive, capped by a two-yard run from Jake Seurer. A penalty in their own endzone on their next offensive possession yielded a safety, but it didn't slow their offensive effort. Later in the first half Collin Fischer scored on a seven-yard touchdown run to put Olathe South up 14-2. Logan Swartz added a 28-yard field goal to give Olathe South a 17-2 halftime lead. The final score for Olathe south came on a 26-yard touchdown run from Seurer to put Olathe South up 24-2.
SM East 40, Gardner-Edgerton 0
The Lancers didn't lose a step from their 6A Runner-Up campaign a year ago. They scored first on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Gunnar Englund to Alec Dean to go up 7-0. Next, a Wyatt Edmiston touchdown run from two yards out gave the Lancers a 14-0 lead. Just before halftime, a Charley White interception set up another SM East touchdown, this time on a two-yard sneak from Englund. The second half started much like the first, with Englund hitting Dean on a 49-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-0. Edminston added another touchdown run, before Englund connected with Dean again on a touchdown pass, this time from 32 yards out, to give SM East a 40-point shutout victory.
SM South 41, SM North 12
No online box score was reported. SM South took control of this game early, and held a 28-0 lead at halftime. Raider running back Dalton Lewallen notched three of those scores on rushing touchdowns. SM South added to their lead in the second half, and was up 41-0 at one point. SM North eliminated the shutout in the second half with a couple late scores, including a touchdown pass from Will Schneider to Nick Perez.
Blue Valley 29, SM Northwest 0
No online box score was reported. A poor offensive performances doomed SM Northwest once again, as they fell to the defending Class 5A state champions in shutout fashion. After a scoreless first quarter, Blue Valley showed some muscle scoring 15 second quarter points. The Tigers added two touchdowns in the second half to cruise to a comfortable victory.