Lancer comeback drive comes up just short in Homecoming game

Quarterback Nick Pirotte (No. 19) showed tremendous promise in his throwing abilities Saturday, but also experienced some setbacks with inaccurate passes.

It was Lancer quarterback Nick Pirotte’s arm that put SM East on the verge of an I-can’t-believe-what-I-just-saw comeback in Saturday’s Homecoming matchup against Olathe South.

And it was Pirotte’s arm that ended the drive as the Lancers sat just yards from the endzone.

Facing an eight-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining, and getting the ball deep in Lancer territory, Pirotte completed two quick passes to Ellitott Faerber, and then, after an incompletion, another to Connor Rellihan. The Lancers had a first down near the 50 yard line with less than a minute on the clock.

Pirotte took three successive shots through the air. All failed, bringing up fourth and ten with just 37 seconds left. With the game on the line, Rellihan ran a route down the middle of the field, and Pirotte threw a dart. It found its mark. The Lancers had first and goal, and needed a quick touchdown and two-point conversion to send the game to overtime — and keep their hopes of knocking off the team that ended their season last year alive.

Pirotte took the snap, and shot a quick pass over his lineman. Olathe South picked it off and ran it back for 50 yards, ending the game.

“[Pirotte’s] still figuring it out, and we’ll keep working every week to get better and better,” coach Chip Sherman said after the game. “The kids played tough. That’s the important thing.”

The loss drops the Lancers to 2-2 on the season, and puts them in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Sunflower League.

Connor Rellihan's falling-backwards-out-of-bounds touchdown grab in the first half of Saturday's game against Olathe South was the offensive highlight of the day.