Playoff Preview: Shawnee Mission North not satisfied with guaranteed winning season

Shawnee Mission North worked on defense on Wednesday as it prepares for Shawnee Mission East's high-octane offense.
Shawnee Mission North worked on defense on Wednesday as it prepares for Shawnee Mission East’s high-octane offense.

When Shawnee Mission North kicks off against SM East on Friday night, the Indians will be throwing out their 77-26 loss from Week 5.

Coach Ben Bartlett would like to think his squad is a different team than they were in Week 5.

“If we dwell too much on the negative where will that take us?” Bartlett asked.

He said the Lancers are a well-oiled machine on offense that is disciplined and defensively they tackle well and are very smart.

The offense has shown it can score points as it averages 39.9 per game, but its the defense, which Bartlett thinks has improved, will have a chance to prove they’ve improved since the last game, which saw SM East put up 70 points in the first half.

Senior quarterback Will Schneider said 40 points is about the sweet spot the offense would like to put up every game to give the Indians a chance to win, but he knows this week is different. They’ve talked about that number this week, but they are keeping it close to the shoulder pads.

SM North has guaranteed themselves a winning record as it sits at 6-4, but they aren’t satisfied with that.

Schneider touched on that plus the resiliency of this team: