Lancers knocked out of playoffs, but seniors are winningest group of football players in SM East history

Jordan Darling and his mother (foreground) and Reed Harbour and his father (background) hugged after the Lancers’ loss to Olathe East Friday ended their season.

The SM East boys soccer squad wasn’t the only team to see a successful season come to an end sooner than hoped for over the weekend.

The football team fell 17-7 to Olathe East in the first round of the state playoffs Friday, bringing to a close a remarkable run anchored by blue-chip quarterback Jordan Darling, who will be playing for Charlie Weis’s Kansas Jayhawks team next year.

Despite the early exit from the playoffs, this year’s team has plenty to be proud of.

Over a four-game stretch from Sept. 6 to Sept. 28, the Lancers completed just the second-ever sweep of the four Olathe high schools – all football powerhouses. The Lancers also notched just the second undefeated home record in school history – both of which have occurred under the leadership of head coach Chip Sherman.

What’s more, with a 7-3 record, this year’s graduating seniors became the winningest bunch of football players in school history, being on hand for an overall record of 22-8, a winning percentage of .733.

Thanks to all the players, coach Chip Sherman and his staff, and the Lancer Gridiron Club for an amazing season. Looking forward to next season!

Pressure from the Olathe East defense kept the Lancers’ passing game off-balance most of the night.
Runningback Patrick Blackburn chugged past an Olathe East defender.