East gets first win, Central opening new field

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 14, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Kansas City East went into last week’s Interscholastic League opener against Northeast with the mindset the Bears were due for their first win of the year.

The Vikings – winless in their own right – were of the same mind frame.

Behind the power running of David Wilson, the Bears pounded the ground against Northeast in a 28-0 win.

The victory put the Bears at 1-1 in the IL and 1-3 overall.

Wilson rushed for 228 yards on 14 carries. As a team, the Bears rushed for 330 yards.

The key to victory was the Bears’ ability to limited turnovers, head coach Greg Smith said.

“We played well on both sides of the ball,” Smith said. “Our offense ran the ball very effectively. On defense, we played hard and forced turnovers, which kept Northeast out of the end zone.”

East will take on Pembroke Hill, 3-1, on the road Friday at Pembroke. For the Bears to beat the Raiders, they have to repeat the performance they put on against Northeast, Smith said.

“If we can match that effort again than the game will be very competitive,” he said.

On the Northeast side, second-year head coach Roger Franks said the season-long struggle isn’t a surprise.

The Vikings (0-4, 0-2 in IL) have scored only 32 point in four games this season and have been shut out twice. They won only once in 10 games last season.

“I knew what I signed up for when I took this assignment,” Franks said. “These are the growing pains of when you rebuild a program.”

Franks said the most challenging part of the process is getting athletes to respond to accountability.

“This new generation approaches the game of football as if it’s a video game,” Franks said. “They look for a reset button when the outcome is not what they expected.

“There are no reset buttons in football nor in life, so as a I continue to transform the mental state of this program to start playing for a purpose and embrace the disciplines that football has to offer, then you will see the win/loss column change.”

IL leader Central dropped an out-of-league contest against Schlagle. The 38-28 defeat was the second of the year for the Blue Eagles, who are 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the IL.

Blue Eagles head coach Allen Supplee said the team gave Schlagle all it could handle after a mismatch last year.

The Stallions defeated Central 36-8 a season ago.

“Schlagle has a great team,” Supplee said. “We gave them everything we had on both sides of the ball. Our kids stepped up to the challenge, we just fell short.”

Central will host University Academy (3-1) Saturday in the first game on the school’s new artificial turf field. A block party-style pep rally is planned prior to the game.

“It’s going to be a festive environment,” Supplee said. “The community is going to have the opportunity to see a great football game in their back yard for the first time in a long while.”

Lincoln Prep (0-4) will try to right its ship after a 28-7 Week 4 loss at Pembroke.

The Blue Tigers are the reining IL champions, but they have not played a league game this year. They take on Southeast (0-4) Friday at IL Stadium to open league play.