Last year, Free State was the only team to put a dent in SM East’s otherwise perfect regular season.
On Friday, the Lancers let the Firebirds know quickly that they wouldn’t have that honor again.
SM East set a tone of dominance against the 2-2 Firebirds from the opening kickoff, forcing a three-and-out for the Free State offense and then mounting a 53-yard drive that junior running back Wyatt Edmisten capped with his first of two touchdowns on the night. The Lancers needed just 45 seconds on offense to score.
Free State answered with a touchdown, but SM East came right back, notching another score on a long pass from quarterback Gunnar Englund to Alec Dean. The Lancers finished the half up 21-7 after Edmisten scored again in the second quarter.
The Lancers broke the 40-point mark yet again, finishing the night with a 42-14 victory that moves them to 5-0 on the season. The Lancers have now outscored their opponents this season by an average margin of 32.8 points.
Head coach Dustin Delaney told his team after the game that he thought they’d put together their most complete effort of the season. Of note Friday was the dearth of penalties — an issue that had cost the Lancers considerable yardage, if not points, in the previous weeks.
“I thought we played better in all facets of the game,” he said. “Free State’s a dynamic opponent with very good players — their quarterback’s great. I thought it was our best game of the year by far.”
Edmisten finished the night with 22 rushes for 103 yards. Jackson Gossick and Calvin Jones scored the other two of the Lancers’ four rushing touchdowns. Mike Bamford had the other touchdown reception on the night.
The Lancers will look to keep their undefeated streak alive against a 2-3 Leavenworth squad that gave 4-0 Olathe North a scare Friday, but that ultimately fell 38-22.
“They’ve got athletes,” Delany said of the Pioneers. “And Coach Littrell is one of the best in the business.”
The game, which is SM East’s Homecoming, will be 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at SM North District Stadium.