|After allowing a touchdown on the opening drive, SM East's defense was able to shut down|
Lawrence's scoring for the remainder of the game. Photo Lawrence Journal World.
Lawrence opened scoring when they capped their first possession with a 36-yard touchdown run from JD Woods, but from that point on it was all SM East. The Lancers added a touchdown later in the quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from Jackson Gossick to tie the score at 7. Next, in the second quarter, they added a one-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Edmisten and a four-yard touchdown run from Sam Huffman. SM East led 21-7 at the half. In the third quarter, Huffman added touchdown runs of four and 29 yards to give the Lancers a 35-7 lead which they held onto for the victory.
SM West 26, Olathe South 20
SM West scoring first was a bad omen for the Falcons, given the way they (Olathe South) so often dominated first quarters. The Vikings' score came on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Adam Rellihan to Isreal Watson. Olathe South was able to answer right back, when DaeVonte Nance capped a drive with an eight-yard touchdown run to tie the game. In the second quarter SM West tacked on 10 points with a three-yard touchdown run from Jonathan Shull and a 31-yard field goal from Tyler Thayer. The Vikings led 17-7 at halftime. Thayer put a 37-yard field goal through in the third quarter to make the lead 20-7, before Olathe South made a furious comeback. The Falcons added a six-yard touchdown run from Jake Suerer later in the quarter to make things 20-14, before Brian Carpenter added a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to tie the game. The all-important PAT was blocked, and SM West took possession of the ball, tied at 20, late in the fourth quarter. The Vikings were eventually able to score on a two-yard touchdown run from Shull with a mere seconds remaining, to claim the lead and victory.
Olathe North 68, SM North 20
The Eagles had a "take-no-prisoners" approach in this one, ensuring they wouldn't have any Regional lapses. SM North actually scored first on a two-yard touchdown run from Jake Langley. Olathe North answered with four first quarter touchdowns, coming in order on a 57-yard pass from Cole Murphy to Isaiah Simmons, a four-yard run from Venus Triplett, a one-yard run from Triplett, and a five-yard run from Murphy. The Eagles began the second quarter with a 26-yard yard touchdown pass from Murphy to Josh Moore. SM North answered the barrage with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Will Schneider to Nick Perez to make the game 35-14. Olathe North came back with three touchdowns -- an eight-yard run from Triplett, a 15-yard run from Simmons, and 64-yard run from Triplett -- to take a 55-7 lead to halftime. A 22-yard touchdown run from Marcel Spears in the third quarter made things 62-7, Olathe North. Vinnie Shabazz added a five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, to make the lead 68-14. SM North's final score of the season came on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Schneider to Langley.
Blue Valley 48, SM South 7
No box score was reported. Blue Valley controled the game from start to finish. Running back William Evans was the star of the game, adding 163 yards and three touchdown on 20 carries. The Tigers also scored once on a passing touchdown, and once on an interception returned for a score.
Lawrence Free State 27, Wichita Northwest 16
Free State continued their impressive late-season run, knocking off a very good Wichita Northwest team. Wichita Northwest answered a 23-yard field goal from Free State's Daniel Clarke with a 10-yard touchdown run from KeShaun McGaughn to go up 7-3. In the second quarter the teams traded scores, as Free State scored a touchdown on a 29-yard touchdown run from Carson Bowen and Wichita Northwest added a 32-yard field goal from Adam Travis. The teams were tied, 10-10 at the half. Bryce Torneden scored on a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put Free State up 17-10. Wichita Northwest answered with a 28-yard touchdown run from Karol Williams. However, a missed extra point kept Free State ahead, 17-16. The Firebirds took over in the fourth quarter, adding a 29-yard touchdown pass from Torneden to Joel Spain and a 33-yard field goal from Clarke.
Leavenworth 35, Topeka Seaman 6
The Pioneers took an early lead and made sure they wouldn't have to sweat out their first playoff victory in school history. Scoring opened in the first quarter when Landry Hodges found Juwan Potts on a 20-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0. In the second quarter Sanchez Williams had touchdown runs of 34 and four yards to give Leavenworth a 21-0 halftime lead. Seaman got on the board in the third quarter with a 13-yard touchdown run from Reid Fehr. But a 14-point fourth quarter from Leavenworth, led by a five-yard touchdown run from Isaiah Ross and an 11-yard touchdown run from Williams iced the game.