SM East’s football team took care of business Friday night, defeating SM North 42-20 and matching the best regular-season record in school history.
The victory gave the Lancers eight wins on the year, a feat only accomplished at SM East by Chip Sherman’s 2010 squad. But the Lancers’ lone loss of the season — to a talented Lawrence Free State team in overtime — cost them the top overall seed in the state 6A East playoffs bracket. Instead, the Lancers will enter the playoffs next week seeded second, and matched up against a seventh seeded Leavenworth team that the Lancers beat handily in their season opener. Free State is the top seed in the East. Derby, 8-1, is the top seed in the West.
Friday’s game marked the end of what must have been a grind of a season for SM North, which went 0-9 in a rebuilding effort. SM North coach Don Simmons favored starting underclassmen throughout much of the year in the hopes of giving the younger players high-level experience to help them mature and compete.
Should SM East defeat Leavenworth Friday, it would face the winner of Gardner-Edgerton (8-1) and Olathe East (6-3) in the second round.
Lancer videographer Brian Libeer’s highlights from Friday’s game are below: