Playoff Preview: Shawnee Mission East keys in on containing Schneider

Sky Tate and the Lancers will try to replicate what they did against SM North in Week 5.
Sky Tate and the Lancers will try to replicate what they did against SM North in Week 5.

Shawnee Mission East found itself in a nail-biter last week against Gardner-Edgerton and needed all 48 minutes to advance.

Coach Dustin Delaney didn’t really care for the nail-biter against Gardner-Edgerton and would much rather roll through everybody.

“I’m just happy we found a way to win,” Delaney said.

The Trailblazers will enter the Sunflower League next season and the Lancers have another SFL foe this week as they face district-rival SM North.

SM East and SM North met in Week 5 with the Lancers routing the Indians 77-26, which saw Delaney’s squad hang 70 points in the first half.

He knows that rematches are always different and hopes his team plays better than last week.

SM North is coming off of a 52-49 victory in which Oscar Aguilar kicked the game-winning field goal against Lawrence with three seconds left.

Delaney said that win plus one the prior week against Olathe North are solid wins.

“They throw the football and their quarterback (Will Schneider) runs around well,” Delaney said.

Schneider leads the state in passing yards with 2,782. He’s thrown for 30 touchdowns and has run for 11 more to go along with his 515 yards.

The Lancers will need to contain him and running back Marcos Garcia, who has 11 touchdowns of his own and 906 yards on the ground.

“You have to contain the quarterback so you have to base all your game plans from stopping that kid from throwing, but more importantly scrambling and running,” Delaney said. “He’s a great runner and to be able to stop them you have to be able to stop him.”

The Indians don’t burn teams much with the deep ball unless Schneider is scrambling around and the play is broke. They like to beat teams with short, quick passes, so Delaney will have his defensive backs close to the line so they don’t get beat with the precision passes.

Delaney said the defensive backs need to be assignment sound and when the play breaks down that’s when the linebackers make stops.

SM North is a team that if they hang around, they believe they can win and that was the case last week.

“There’s no plan to try and score as fast as we can,” Delaney said. “We’re going to try and run our offense and get our scores when we can get them.”