The story has gotten pretty familiar to fans of the SM East football team since the start of its 2014 season: The Lancers bulldoze their way over opponents early in the game, quickly build a sizable lead, and cruise their way to a comfortable victory with more than 40 points on the board.
It was more of the same for the Lancers on Friday, as they extended their winning streak to 16 with a drubbing of SM Northwest on a stormy Friday at SM South District Stadium.
After a 50 minute weather delay, the Lancers wasted little time picking apart SM Northwest’s defense. Running back Jack Tyler rushed for the Lancers’ first touchdown on the night on their first possession. The team would add two more before the end of the first quarter alone, with Sky Tate, Calvin Jones and Mike Bamford all finding the endzone in the first half to bring the score to 44-7 at the break.
After the game, Delaney told his team that their first half performance had been their most complete effort of the year.
“I thought we played fantastic offensively and defensively throughout the first half,” Delaney said. “Shawnee Mission Northwest has got a good offense. They throw the ball really well and we really limited their passing game.”
SM East subbed in its junior varsity players in the second half, and SM Northwest added two late touchdowns to bring the final to 44-20. Until Friday’s game, the Lancers hadn’t allowed a point this season.
But Delaney said he believes the soft part of the Lancers schedule is likely behind them, with a real test coming next week against SM West. With a dominating 48-7 performance against SM North on Friday, the Vikings remained undefeated on the year as well.
“Shawnee Mission West is as talented as anyone in the metro and the state,” Delaney said. “They’ve got great athletes at every position, and coach Callaghan is a great coach. We’ve known all along that this would be a big game. Obviously there’s a rivalry between East and West.”