Lancers looking to top Olathe North for first time since 1980s Thursday

If there’s any advantage to playing football in torrential rains that challenge execution a well-callibrated throwing game, it’s that you get to see just how well the other elements of your team perform.

“We throw so much that when it rained, it helped us see how we do on other parts of the game,” said SM East head football coach Chip Sherman of his team’s season-opening performance last Friday against SM South. “I thought our defense and our running game showed they were in good shape.”

Sherman is hoping his team can carry over the consistency it displayed in its 23-0 victory over SM South tonight as it takes on Olathe North. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at SM North stadium.

Sherman said his team’s ability to limit opponents’ offense and avoid turnovers — characteristics it displayed against SM South — will be crucial to its success this year. Aside from some sloppy defense in the final minutes of last week’s game, during which SM South’s running back broke free for long gains, Sherman said the team was solid in its debut.

“At the end, everyone was wet and cold and tired, and you start to lose focus a little,” he said. “But they looked in good shape for most of the night.”

Sherman said his team’s chances against Olathe North — which it hasn’t defeated since the 1980s — will depend on its ability to control the game on both sides of the ball, as it did in week one.

“If they throw, we feel pretty good about our secondary — we’ve got a lot of speed,” he said. “But they’ve got a couple of good running backs, so we’re going go have to stop the run game.”