SM East defeats SM North in final regular game of season; Lancers secure two seed in playoffs

SME Seniors proudly show-off their district championship trophy following a decisive victory over the SMN Indians closing 2013 regular season with an impressive 8-1 campaign. Photo by Don Austin.
SM East seniors proudly show-off their district championship trophy following a decisive victory over SM North closing the 2013 regular season with an impressive 8-1 record. Photo by Don Austin.

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:

North 2013 from Brian Libeer on Vimeo.

Reserve running back Jackson Gossick stiff-arms a defender during a third-quarter touchdown drive. Gossick led the Lancers attack, composed mainly of back-ups for much of the night, with a career-high 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over the Indians Friday. Photo by Don Austin.
Reserve running back Jackson Gossick stiff-arms a defender during a third-quarter touchdown drive. Gossick led the Lancers attack, composed mainly of back-ups for much of the night, with a career-high 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over the Indians Friday. Photo by Don Austin.