Shawnee Mission East’s football team was a model of efficiency Friday, running their way to a 27-0 victory over Shawnee Mission West in a game that took less than two hours to play.
Runnng backs Luke Taylor and Micah Dodson carried much of the offensive load for the Lancers, grinding out runs up the middle that kept moving the chains and eating up clock. Taylor scored two touchdowns on the night. Hear his post-game thoughts on the performance:
SM West put together two long drives on the night, but could never break through SM East’s tough defense. The Vikings were set to kick a field goal toward the end of the first quarter that the Lancers blocked and ran back to West’s 19 yard line.
SM West, the defending 6A state champions, are a talented team that clearly has not been itself since the shocking death of their star wide receiver Andre Maloney — a fact acknowledged by SM East Coach Dustin Delaney after the win.
“West has had a tough year,” Delaney told his team after the game. “Let’s give those kids credit and show some respect.”
The win moves the Lancers to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in district play. A victory next week over currently-winless SM North would likely earn the Lancers the top seed and home field advantage when the playoffs begin November 8.