A victory fit for Lancer Day: SM East trounces SM South 48-10

SM East quarterback Gunnar Englund broke free for a 56-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
SM East quarterback Gunnar Englund broke free for a 56-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

It’s hard to think of a more fitting end to Lancer Day than a 38-point victory over rival SM South.

[pullquote]Dustin Delaney on Wyatt Edmisten’s 3 TD night
Click the arrow to hear SM East head coach Dustin Delaney talk about junior running back Wyatt Edmisten’s performance against SM South.

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SM East on Friday jumped to a three-touchdown first-quarter lead against the Raiders on the way to a 48-10 win that bolstered the notion that this year’s Lancer team is a legitimate contender for the state 6A title.

The Lancers offense didn’t waste any time establishing itself, with quarterback Gunnar Englund hooking up with senior Jackson Gossick for a 55-yard pass on their first play of the game. That set up a 3-yard touchdown from junior Wyatt Edmisten two plays later, giving the Lancers an early 6-0 lead after a missed field goal. Englund went with the long ball again on the next possession, this time finding favorite-target Alec Dean for a 38-yard reception that again set up a short Edmisten touchdown run. A few minutes later, Englund didn’t need any assistance setting up another long score. He broke through the line of scrimmage and away from the Raiders secondary for a 56-yard touchdown run that put the Lancers up 20-0 as the first quarter expired.

Despite the first half score, though, head coach Dustin Delaney said his team didn’t play up to its potential. With penalty flag after penalty flag hitting the turf, the team had

“We really didn’t play that well in the first half — we did have a couple of big plays,” he said. “There were just so many penalties it was hard to get in the flow. But we did what we needed to do to get the win.”

Delaney said it appeared the officiating crews were being more strict than last season, but that it was on the team to avoid so many penalties.

“Obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do to clean up our play,” he said. “We were undisciplined tonight.”

Edmisten padded his stats with a third touchdown in the second half, finishing the night with 16 carries for 78 yards. In two games, the junior running back has emerged as the Lancers workhorse and go-to option in short-yardage situations.

“He’s our number one guy [in the running game],” Delaney said. “He made the cuts he needed to make.”

The Lancers also got scores from Sam Huffman, who broke for a 49-yard run, Calvin Jones, and Mike Bamford.

SM East kept SM South off the board until there were under four minutes left in the third quarter, when the Raiders converted a long field goal attempt. With SM East’s reserve defense on the field in the final minute of the game, SM South mounted a late touchdown drive that game them seven more points with just half a second left on the clock.

The Lancers next face an SM Northwest squad that barely defeated SM North Friday by kicking a closing-minutes fieldgoal to retake the lead from SM North, which nearly ended its Sunflower League-record losing streak of 21 games.

Running back Wyatt Edmisten led the Lancers with three touchdowns.
Running back Wyatt Edmisten led the Lancers with three touchdowns.
Jackson Gossick delivered big plays for the Lancers throughout the night, with 55- and 23-yard receptions and a touchdown.
Jackson Gossick delivered big plays for the Lancers throughout the night, with 55- and 23-yard receptions and a touchdown.
The student section was packed with SM East kids full of Lancer Day spirit.
The student section was packed with SM East kids full of Lancer Day spirit.
SM East came out of the gate hot with the momentum of last week's season-opening shutout win over Gardner-Edgerton.
SM East came out of the gate hot with the momentum of last week’s season-opening shutout win over Gardner-Edgerton.
Penalties cost the Lancers yardage throughout the night.
Penalties cost the Lancers yardage throughout the night.
A student streaker from SM South didn't get far...
A student streaker from SM South didn’t get far…