|The rainy conditions for the Thursday games|
were less than ideal, but made for some neat
photography moments. Above, Free State's
Bryce Torneden broke away on one of his
two rushing touchdowns. Photo LJWorld.
Free State set the tone in the first quarter, and controlled the game en route to their third victory. The Firebirds scored initially on 55-yard touchdown run from Bryce Torneden on their opening drive. Later in the first quarter Torneden took a carry in from two yards out to give Free State a 14-0 edge. The lead stayed that way until early in the fourth quarter, when Torneden found Tye Carter on a 26-yard touchdown pass to give Free State a 21-0 lead. SM South got on the board late with a three-yard touchdown run from Dalton Lewallen.
Olathe South 29, Lawrence 21
This game went in Olathe South's favor early, but LHS put together a late comeback that made Falcon fans hold their breath. Olathe South had a routine first quarter, adding one touchdown on a two-yard run from Brady Noernberg and taking a 7-0 lead. The Falcons blew the doors open in the second quarter. They scored first on a two-yard touchdown run from Jake Seurer, then added a 27-yard field goal from Logan Swartz, followed that up with a two-yard touchdown run from DaeVonte' Nance, then added a 43-yard touchdown run from Nance with under a minute remaining in the half. The Falcons led comfortably, 29-0, at the intermission. LHS put some tallies on the board in the third quarter, adding a 19-yard touchdown run from JD Woods to make things 29-7. The Chesties turned it up in the fourth quarter, adding two more Woods touchdown runs of 59 and one yards to pull to within a score, at 29-21. LHS was able to drive inside Olathe South's ten-yard line on their next possession, but with 18 seconds left, Falcon defensive back Jonathon Sands intercepted his third pass of the day (this one in Olathe South's own endzone) to seal the victory.
Olathe North 41, SM North 14
This game was closer than expected for the better part of a two and a half quarters, before Olathe North kicked it up a notch and took over the game. The Eagles got on the board in the first quarter with a 21-yard touchdown run from Venus Triplett. SM North followed that up when Will Schneider found Nick Perez on a touchdown pass to make things 7-6, Olathe North. Just before halftime, Cole Murphy found Triplett on a 20-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 14-6 halftime lead. SM North recovered an onside kick to begin the second half, then drove down the field and scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Schneider to Perez, and a successful two-point conversion tied the game at 14. SM North stopped Olathe North on their next drive, and took possession, but a Schneider pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Vinnie Shabazz to put Olathe North up 21-14. Murphy would add a 17-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to give the Eagles a 27-14 lead entering the fourth quarter. Next, Triplett added a 59-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to put his team up 34-14. The Eagles' final score came on a short touchdown run from Shabazz.
SM East 41, Leavenworth 17
This game had a pretty routine first half for SM East, but an "average" third quarter made the Lancers seem mortal (for a quarter, anyways), before they pulled way ahead in the fourth. SM East scored first on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Gunnar Englund to Alec Dean to go up 7-0. They added a second first quarter touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Englund to Sky Tate to make things 14-0. In the second quarter, SM East scored a defensive touchdown when Charley White recovered a Leavenworth fumble and took it into the endzone from a yard out to make the score 20-0. A 12-yard touchdown run from Jackson Gossick made the game 27-0, before Leavenworth added a 27-yard Jake Boyce field goal just before the half to make things 27-3. Leavenworth added the first score of the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Landry Hodges to Jake Bohnemann to make things 27-10. SM East answered with a drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Edmisten, but Leavenworth didn't go away answering back with a two-yard touchdown run from Sanchez Williams. Entering the fourth quarter, SM East led 34-17. The Lancers put the defensive lockdown on in the fourth quarter, while also adding a nine-yard touchdown run from Edmisten to solidify the victory.
Olathe Northwest 31, SM Northwest 0
The Ravens came out on fire and dominated this one throughout. Olathe Northwest's opening score came on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jack Hatzfeld to Manny Psihountas, and a successful two-point conversation made things 8-0. Next, Dominique Bruce scored on a 40-yard touchdown run to give the Ravens as 15-0 first quarter lead. Bruce would add a second quarter touchdown from six yards to give Olathe Northwest a 21-0 halftime lead. The only score of the third quarter was on a 40-yard field goal from Devin Anctil to make the game 24-0. Eli Pruss would add a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens a 31-0 victory.
SM West 18, Olathe East 7
No box score was reported. Olathe East came out with a first quarter touchdown to go up 7-0, but SM West scored 18 unanswered points to claim the victory. The loss dropped Olathe East to 3-3, and pushed their losing streak to two games. SM West won for just the third time in their last 11 games.