Lancers look to wrap up share of Sunflower League title on Homecoming against Leavenworth

The Lancers have been practicing hard this week in preparation for Friday's home opener against Olathe Northwest — and former SM East head coach Chip Sherman.
The Lancers have been practicing hard this week in preparation for Friday’s home opener against Olathe Northwest — and former SM East head coach Chip Sherman.

Leavenworth is the only thing standing between SM East and a share of this year’s Sunflower League championship.

With a win over the Pioneer’s in Friday’s Homecoming game, SM East’s football team would for the second year in a row share a piece of the Sunflower League regular season title. Last year, SM East and Free State held the honor together, with each having one regular-season loss.

On Thursday, highly touted Olathe North wrapped up its share of this year’s league title with a victory over SM North — but the win looked anything but assured as late as the middle of the third quarter. Olathe North led 14-6 at the half, but SM North’s Will Schneider completed a 22-yard pass for a touchdown to Nick Perez that tied the game after a successful two-point conversion. SM North’s defense came up with a big stop on the ensuing drive, and it started to look as though the Indians — in the midst of a record 24-game losing streak — would give the Eagles a run for their money. But a pass from Schneider was tipped, intercepted and run back for a touchdown, a play that swung momentum sharply in Olathe North’s direction. The Eagles finished the night with three more touchdowns, beating SM North 41-14.

Olathe North and SM East are now perhaps the two most well regarded teams in the state — but they’ll have to wait at least three more weeks to get the opportunity to face each other. SM East faces Wyandotte, Harmon and SM North in district play, with the top two teams emerging to Regionals. Olathe North faces Olathe East, Lawrence and Olathe Northwest.

Tonight’s SM East game kicks off at 7 p.m. at SM North District Stadium. The Homecoming Queen and Court will be announced at halftime.

This week’s Lancer Gridiron Club motivational video is below:

I’m in the mood for some Crystal Gravy!