SM East’s offense proves it will be a force to be reckoned with in 48-6 rout of SM Northwest

Running back Nigil Houston, who transferred to SM East from SM West this year, sprinted away from the Cougars defenders for one of his first half touchdowns.
Running back Nigil Houston, who transferred to SM East from SM West this year, sprinted away from the Cougars defenders for one of his first half touchdowns.

It there were any lingering thoughts that the Lancers’ 62-7 drubbing of Olathe South in last week’s football season opener was a fluke, the team’s performance against SM Northwest on Thursday should have put them away.

For the second week in a row, SM East’s offense came out firing on all cylinders, putting up a huge lead in the first half and coasting toward the finish line in the second. On the strength of quarterback Luke Kaiser and receivers Trevor Thompson and Sky Tate through the air and running backs Nigil Houston, Milton Braasch and Jake Randa on the ground, the offense plowed its way to a 41-0 halftime lead. The Lancers’ defense put on another clinic as well, holding the Cougars scoreless until underclassmen substitutes took over in the second half and gave up a late touchdown. The game final was 48-6.

Kaiser finished the night with three passing touchdowns and touchdown on a keeper. He passed for 148 yards on the night. Braasch led the running corps in yardage with 158.

But the Lancers’ schedule gets markedly more challenging starting next week, when they take on Missouri powerhouse Rockhurst for the first time in decades. The Lancers are 3-8 lifetime against the Hawklets, with their last win coming in 1975. The following week, they’ll face Sunflower League powerhouse Olathe North, which brought their season to an end last year.

The Lancers will face Rockhurst at Rockhurst next Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Get there early…

Receiver Trevor Thompson celebrated after hauling in an acrobatic catch for a touchdown.
Receiver Trevor Thompson celebrated after hauling in an acrobatic catch for a touchdown.
The Lancers' offensive line opened up big holes for its backs to break away.
The Lancers’ offensive line opened up big holes for its backs to break away.
The students were decked out in their traditional "Cougar hunt" garb for the SM Northwest game.
The students were decked out in their traditional “Cougar hunt” garb for the SM Northwest game.
The stormy weather at sunset provided a breathtaking view for fans. Photo by Tiffany Truster.
The stormy weather at sunset provided a breathtaking view for fans. Photo by Tiffany Truster.

Big thanks to Tiffany Truster of Black Bear Photo for the rainbow photo.


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