Falcons find first win

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 23, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Olathe East squared off against Olathe South at the College Boulevard Athletic Center Friday September 23. Fans needed to be in their seat right away as the game saw 14 points scored in the first four minutes of the game. South eventually pulled away and won 28-21.

Things got off to a great start for the Hawks as they took the opening kickoff 80 yards to the 19. Junior quarterback Will Scofield made quick work of the short field and punched in the opening touchdown from the one.

“We had a good start,” Olathe East head coach Jesse Owens said. There is no doubt about it that it was a great start and we were able to capitalize. Then credit Olathe South because they came back and scored themselves. That was really the story all night.”

Not to be outdone, the Falcons busted a long kick return of their own. They would start their opening drive at midfield. Nick Jouret used his feet to drive his team into scoring range. A combination of options and zone reads were used to great effect. Jouret took the snap and plunged behind the left side of his line to tie the game at 7.

“Our kick team they got us back in it,” Olathe South head coach Craig Lewis said. “Our return team did a great job and out punt team did well all night.”

Nearly half way through the second quarter, a long run by Trevon Kearney set up East’s second touchdown. Kearney took the toss and broke off a 20 yard run to get into the red zone. Ray Lewis finished off the drive scoring on an inside handoff from the two.

Olathe South tied it up near the end of the first half. Jouret went for 25 on a designed quarterback draw. The junior sold the pass well and allowed his line to open a clear hole to run up the middle. Jouret scored his second touchdown on the day diving over the top of the line from the one. The teams would head to half time tied at 14.

After the break, South took the opening kickoff out to midfield again. And just like the first half the good field position set the Falcons up for a touchdown. On the second play from scrimmage Jouret faked the option pitch to his running back and scampered 46 yards to the house.

After trading multiple punts, Olathe South found itself driving in East territory. A few possessions earlier the Falcons tried a reverse pass that got a receiver wide open for a sure touchdown only to have the pass fall incomplete. This time on a key third down they went back to the same play. Oakley Reed took the pitch and found Nick Lukinac at the 11 yard line.

“The defense wasn’t penetrating enough to worry us,” Lewis said. “We were watching how aggressive they were playing on the run and we knew we could get them on it.”

Reed would score on a toss play to the right edge on the next play putting South up 28-14.

“It was a fantastic win,” Lewis said. “One it was a rival. We got such a young team and they are learning every week. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

East would add a late touchdown to cut the lead to seven, but it proved to be too little too late. Next week Olathe South travels to Lawrence Free State and Olathe East goes to Shawnee Mission South on Friday September 30.