For the first time in school history, the SM East Lancers are back-to-back Sunflower League Champions.
With a 41-17 win over Leavenworth before a robust Homecoming game crowd, SM East wrapped up a perfect 6-0 regular season before district play begins next week. SM East shares this year’s Sunflower League crown with Olathe North.
“It feels great,” coach Dustin Delaney said after his squad took a team picture commemorating the occasion. “You gotta enjoy those things, because they don’t come around every time.”
As has been the case so frequently this year, the Lancers’ offense got to work quickly, with quarterback Gunnar Englund finding receiver Alec Dean for a long touchdown pass on their first drive. Englund connected with Charley White for a touchdown on the next drive, the start of a big night for the dual offensive/defensive threat. Leavenworth fumbled the ball shortly after White’s catch on offense, and he scooped it up and returned it for a defensive touchdown, putting SM East up 20-0.
Jackson Gossick capped off the first half scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run. Wyatt Edmisten scored two second half touchdowns.
Though the results were hard to fret about, Delaney told his team after the game that they needed to improve their focus when they had big leads. Leavnworth scored two touchdowns in the second half after having been held to just a field goal in the first two quarters.
“I want to see our focus better,” he said. “Even when we’re up, I want to see us playing excellent football.
Defensive end Kyle Ball had a standout evening for the Lancers defense, pestering Leavenworth quarterback Landry Hodges all game long.
“I still can’t believe Division I hasn’t offered him a scholarship,” Delaney said of Ball. “Those people are crazy in my mind.”
SM East takes on Harmon in the first round of district play at 7 p.m. this Thursday at SM North stadium.