The big question hanging over the SM East football program after its first-ever state championship last season was whether the Lancers could maintain their dominating presence after losing so many key players to graduation.
If Friday’s season-opening performance against Gardner Edgerton was any indication, they answer appears to be a definitive “yes.”
SM East picked up right where it left off on Friday, drubbing the Trailblazers 45-0, the second year in a row they’ve shut Gardner Edgerton out to open up the year.
Junior quarterback Luke Kaiser, who saw second-half action last year after the starters had been pulled, showed that he’s a more-than-competent steward of coach Dustin Delaney’s flexbone offense. Kaiser opened the Lancers scoring on the night with a 46-yard keeper just two minutes into the game. He notched his second touchdown of the night with a 30-yard run later in the first half, finishing the night with 109 rushing yards and 63 passing yard.
Receiver Sky Tate, and backs Mike Bamford and Jack Tyler emerged as clear offensive threats as well, with each finding the endzone on Friday.
If there was any soft spot in Friday’s performance it was ball handling, with two fumbles in the first quarter. On the second, however, the Lancers coughed up the ball at the goal line and it rolled into the endzone, where tackle Will Kost fell on it for another SM East touchdown.
SM East faces SM South, which lost its season opener to SM North Friday, next week.