Cougars blanked at Olathe South, 34-0
Olathe Shawnee Mission Northwest held defending Class 6A state champion Olathe South to 13 points until late in the first half. With just 11 seconds left in the half, however, the Falcons drove 94 yards down the field and scored a touchdown to set up a 34-0 victory and drop the Cougars to 1-5.
SM Northwest’s bread and butter, its running game, was shut down throughout the game as the Cougars recorded just 44 yards on 27 carries. Meanwhile, Olathe South — averaging more than 200 yards on the ground this year — recorded 311 yards on 54 carries (5.8 yards per carry).
SM Northwest head coach Linn Hibbs said he knew the Falcons were very disciplined, adding that they wore his team down.
“They aren’t going to deviate from their plan,” Hibbs said. “We have to put points on the board and convert on opportunities to take pressure off of our defense.”
Two key opportunities for the Cougars came on a third-and-10 from the Falcons 20-yard line and fourth-and-5 from the Falcons 16-yard line. Quarterback Lucas Karlin threw an interception on the third down play after the Cougars started on Olathe South’s 41-yard line. The fourth-down play was the last play for the Cougars in the game, after backup quarterback Clay Drouilliard threw an incomplete pass to give the Falcons the ball.
Karlin completed five of eight passes for just 52 yards and an interception. Jake Horner was the leading receiver for the Cougars, totaling 31 yards on three receptions.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit on offense, and right now we don’t have a lot of explosive playmakers who can break the big play at this point in time,” Hibbs said. “Right now we have to grind things out and protect the football and finish drives.”
The Cougars held the Falcons to a punt to start the game, but Olathe Northwest scored a touchdown on each of its next four possessions.
The Cougars host Shawnee Mission East (5-1, 3-1 in Sunflower League) at 7 p.m. on Friday.