Cramping up on the sideline after sprinting more than 30 yards for a third quarter catch-and-run touchdown, SM East senior Connor Rellihan could see quarterback Jordan Darling running toward him yelling.
“You’ve got to stop doing that!” Darling said as Rellihan laid on the ground, a trainer stretching out his hamstring. “You’re making me look too good!”
Indeed, Rellihan had his fingerprints all over Thursday’s convincing 30-7 victory over Olathe North — the first time the Lancers have topped the Eagles since 1988.
He caught nine passes for 176 yards, scored two touchdowns himself, caught a huge pass in the second quarter to set up the David Sosna touchdown that put the Lancers ahead for the rest of the game, had an interception on defense — and even put in a solid showing as the team’s punter.
“I don’t know if that was the best game I’ve ever played,” Rellihan said. “But it was definitely the most fun.”
Unhampered by the rain that limited the Lancers’ offense primarily to the run last week, quarterback Jordan Darling left little doubt that his arm was as capable as advertised. He marched the Lancers down the field time and again, hitting quick short strikes and long bombs alike.
Running back Patrick Blackburn had a solid evening as well, and broke away for a fourth quarter touchdown, the final score of the night.
Coach Chip Sherman said the team appeared to be playing up to its potential, though there’s always room for improvement.
“We were missing some intensity early in drives and getting in situations where we had fourth and a yard or so to go,” Sherman said. “We’ve got to put those away.”
The Lancers head to Olathe Northwest next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Here’s an interactive panoramic photo from the game: