Derby’s prolific offense will put SM East defense to the test in 6A title game Saturday

SM East football head coach Dustin Delaney is often quick to credit co-coordinators Chip Ufford and Jason Filbeck for the Lancers’ stingy defense – a front that had until Friday’s game against Olathe North not allowed more than 22 points in a game all year.

Derby tight end DeAndre Goolsby will play college football at the University of Florida. Photo courtesy Derby Informer.
Derby tight end DeAndre Goolsby will play college football at the University of Florida. Photo courtesy Derby Informer.
It’s safe to say Ufford, Filbeck and their defense have their work cut out for them on Saturday.

The Lancers will be facing a Derby Pathers squad in the 6A title game that has put up eye-popping numbers week after week. The Panthers’ point totals for 12 games in 2013 are, from least to most: 28, 35, 35, 36, 45, 49, 54, 55, 55, 56, 62 and 76.

That’s right, 76.

What’s more, the Panthers are playing some of their most cohesive football of the year. Derby trounced Garden City in their sub-state game, putting up 48 points in the first half alone and opening up a lead large enough that the officials enacted the running clock “game-ending procedure” in the third quarter. (KSHSAA rules allow the officials to keep the clock running when a team is up by 45 points or more).

To put that in some additional context, the Panthers scored as many points in just the second quarter of Friday’s game — 27 — as the Lancers have given up over the course of an entire game all season long.

It was actually the second week in a row officials had enacted the running clock rule for Derby. They put it in effect after the Panthers opened up a huge lead on their way to a 55-20 win over Manhattan in District play. And Derby’s performance in the opening round of the playoffs? A 56-7 route over Wichita North.

Derby’s offense is powered largely by quarterback Jeremy Dunham, running back Tyler West and tight end DeAndre Goolsby, who signed a letter of intent this month to play college ball at the University of Florida.