As the teams were taking the field Friday night, the public address announcer at SM South District Stadium boldly claimed that SM South vs. SM East was the biggest rivalry in Kansas.
In spirit, perhaps. But in terms of actual play, it wasn’t much of a competition.
For the second week in a row, the Lancers jumped out to an early lead, stymied their opponent’s offense, and then just piled on the scoring. The Lancers finished the night with 49 points to SM South’s 0 — a margin of victory four points wider than their season-opening victory against Gardner Edgerton last week.
Running back Wyatt Edmisten notched the first two scores for the Lancers. Mike Bamford, Jack Tyler and Sky Tate all found the endzone for the Lancers as well.
Knowing that heads tend to get hot when the Lancers and Raiders square off, SM East coaches had encouraged their players to keep a cool demeanor on the field prior to the game. That advice proved to be well-taken, as things started to get a little chippy in the second quarter. After Jack Tyler hauled in a catch and sprinted to the endzone for a touchdown just before the half, a SM South player shoved him from behind, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct
Despite the score, the game wasn’t flawless for the Lancers. They again struggled with ball control in the running game, giving up an early fumble. Quarterback Luke Kaiser threw one interception in the first half with a second interception coming in garbage time after Kaiser had been replaced by an underclassman.
Still, the Lancers bolstered the case that they remain a contender for another state title despite the loss of so many key players at the end of last season.
SM East will next week face SM Northwest, which knocked off SM North at SM North District Stadium Friday 44-29.