Falcons flying high

Perry Holliday/Special to PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 28, 2016 - 11:19 PM

The opening round of the Kansas 6A playoffs saw Olathe South take on Olathe East in the eight nine match up Friday October 28. The Falcons used five straight touchdowns to win the week four rematch 35-14.

The game seemed to turn when South held on fourth and one deep in East territory. The Hawks had just given up a touchdown on the opening drive of the half which cut their lead in half when they decided to go for it on their own 20 yard line. The Falcon defensive line held strong and forced the turnover on downs.

“We told our kids the game is on the line here,” Olathe South head coach Craig Lewis said. “They were going at a big risk and it was high reward for us if we could stop them.”

Even though the Hawks took a time out before the pivotal play, the decision to go for it was never in doubt.

“Our offense is built for fourth and one,” Olathe East head coach Jesse Owen said. “If we can’t get one yard in a game of this magnitude, especially with the way we were moving the ball in the first half, so I felt confident in our guys, but credit to Olathe South.”

Oakley Reed would tie the game on the first of his two touchdowns on the night. The Falcon running back took the handoff up the middle from the six yard line. It took a strong second effort from the senior to power through a tackle just before the goal line.

After an East punt, things looked to be going bad for the Falcons. Two straight penalties had South staring at a third and 25. Nick Jouret took the snap and rolled to his right and lofted the ball deep into double coverage. Ben Landshut went up and batted the ball away from the defender. Normally the ball would fall incomplete. Tonight the ball went straight to Tre Adger who caught it without breaking stride and capped off the 60 yard touchdown to put the Falcons up for good.

“We threw the ball up,“ Lewis said, “and [Ben’s] job is to not let anybody get it. He did his job and then we got lucky. From there on we had it rolling.”

It was really a tale of two halves for Olathe East. The first half the Hawks moved the ball almost at will and took a 14 point lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half was a different story.

“They did a good job taking away the A-gaps,” Owen said. “Their over hangs closed pretty well, so I give them credit for that. At the end of the day we just didn’t block very well. It’s nothing we haven't seen before, but they just executed a little better than we did.”

After a long drive ended with Jouret’s second rushing touchdown of the day, a fourth quarter interception set the Falcons up with another short field. Reed punched in South’s fifth touchdown of the night.

Next week Olathe South will take on number one seed Blue Valley on Friday November 4.