It got ugly early for SM North on Friday.
SM East’s high powered offense didn’t waste any time picking apart the Indians defense as the two northeast Johnson County schools faced off at SM North district stadium. Running back Nigil Houston broke away for an 80-yard run to open scoring on the night, and then found the endzone again on the next possession to put the Lancers up 14-0.
Indian’s senior quarterback Will Schneider piloted his team to a touchdown drive that was capped off by a two-point conversion run from Billy Conaway, putting the Indians down just six. The game would never be anywhere near that close again. SM East scored on a 60-yard pass from quarterback Luke Kaiser to receiver Trevor Thompson. Then again once more before the first quarter ended on a run from Milton Braasch.
Remarkably, the Lancers’ 30-point first quarter wasn’t their best of the night. SM East scored five touchdowns in the second quarter, including one on a 40 interception from Isaiah Wright. They added another touchdown in the second half with the starters benched to make the final 77-26.
Nigel Houston had four touchdowns on the night and 145 yards on just seven carries.
The loss drops SM North to 2-3 on the season. SM East improves to 4-1. The Lancers will face Olathe East next week for their Homecoming game.