Lancers secure playoff berth with 56-12 win over Wyandotte

Alec Dean hauled in a first quarter pass from Gunnar Englund for a touchdown.
Alec Dean hauled in a first quarter pass from Gunnar Englund for a touchdown.

For the second week in a row, SM East’s top-ranked football team made short work of a badly outmatched competitor.

With a 56-12 win over Wyandotte Friday, the 250th victory in SM East football history, the Lancers ensured they would advance to the state playoff bracket.

SM East’s first team offense got to work quickly Friday, opening the night’s scoring with a 32-yard run from Sam Huffman on their second play of the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Lancers would lead 42-0, with touchdowns from Sky Tate, Alec Dean and Jackson Gossick on receptions, Charley White on a punt return and Jack Tyler on nine-yard run. Wyandotte’s first-year head coach Michael Lockett was ejected from the game in the first quarter after vocally protesting the officials’ decision to let a Lancers’ interception stand after one of the referees had initially thrown a flag indicating a pass interference call against SM East. The clock started running continuously in the second quarter.

But, as head coach Dustin Delaney was quick to point out to his team after the game, the soft part of the schedule is over — and there won’t be any overlooking quarterback Will Schneider and SM North in next week’s district-closing game. SM North secured its trip to the playoffs Friday with a 41-6 win over Harmon.

“SM North’s got a really good team, and a talented quarterback,” Delaney said. “I’m glad this part of the scheduled is over. Now we’re on to SM North and I’m looking forward to that.”

Delaney said that the Lancers, anticipating that the level of competition wasn’t especially high during the first two weeks of district play, had been pitting starters against starters in practice to ensure the team kept its edge.

“We face very high competition in practice when we put our starters out there against each other and have a couple of drag out sessions every week,” Delaney said. “I don’t think our guys are going to be rusty. Our guys understand what’s at stake. They understand the goal, even when we have games like this. I’m proud of them. They come out and show up instead of just taking it easy.”

SM East faces SM North at 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 31 at SM North District Stadium.

Dustin Delaney told his team not to overlook SM North in next week's district-closing matchup.
Dustin Delaney told his team not to overlook SM North in next week’s district-closing matchup.
Gunnar Englund and the Lancers' first team offense hummed through the first quarter, putting up 42 points.
Gunnar Englund and the Lancers’ first team offense hummed through the first quarter, putting up 42 points.

Okay…so the game itself wasn’t very competitive. But when halftime arrived, there was plenty of entertainment for the fans in the stands at Wyandotte Football Stadium. The marching band under the direction of Lazell Williams put on a performance that would give a lot of college games a run for their money. There was singing. There was dancing. It was really amazing:

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