East strikes early, pounds North
The night began inauspiciously for the Shawnee Mission North football team, and got worse from there.
A muffed opening kickoff reception on the game’s first play resulted in a Shawnee Mission East possession and a Lancer touchdown just two plays later — a mere 44 seconds into the game. The East offense and defense proved too tough the rest of the way as the Lancers took home a 42-7 victory Friday night at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.
“It’s absolutely all my fault this evening,” said a visibly disappointed Indians head coach Dennis Grayless after the game. “My team was not ready to play this evening. They dominated our offensive line. They attacked and we didn’t respond.”
After falling behind 14-0 midway through the first quarter, the Indians sprinted their way back into the game when senior return man Mason Perez took an East kickoff at the North 7 then returned it left, then middle, then again to the left 93 yards for North’s lone touchdown of the game. Perez’ return TD made the score 14-7 with 5:23 left in the first quarter, but the Lancers scored two more touchdowns before the half to take a 28-7 lead into the break.
The North offense was continually frustrated in the second half, gaining only 78 yards in the third and fourth quarters and 122 yards for the game. Senior fullback
Mitch Paden led the way for the Indians with 11 carries for 43 yards.
The Indians are now 1-2 on the season.