Stellar defense and a couple of quick strikes from quarterback Chase Allen were the ingredients for Shawnee Mission Souths 24-6 victory over SM North on Thursday evening at the Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.
By DAVID BOYCE
Special to The Star
The Raiders evened their record on the season at 3-3. They return to action next Thursday at home against Blue Valley Northwest.
A win always gives you confidence, but next week is the start of district play and everybody is 0-0, said SM South senior tight end Nick Oliver. It will be senior night for us. There will be a lot of emotion.
The SM South defense played with a lot of passion against the Indians. The only points the Raiders surrendered came in the final minute of the game.
In the first half, the Raiders didnt allow SM North a sniff of the end zone. The Indians only crossed midfield once in the first two quarters.
When Allen threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 23-yard toss to Oliver early in the third quarter, the game was safely in hand for the Raiders. The extra point gave SM South a 17-0 lead with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter.
It was real big, Oliver said. We were a little shaky in the first half. I was trying to find the open spot.
Oliver, who is 6 feet 5, 220 pounds, was a big target for Allen. Oliver caught five passes for 105 yards.
Another player who came up with some key plays for the Raiders was senior wide receiver/defensive back KJ Edwards. Edwards caught the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, a 41-yard bomb from Allen.
In the third quarter, after a SM South turnover, Edwards put the ball right back in the Raiders hands with an interception.
That was important as well, Edwards said of the interception.
Throughout the first half, SM South had great field position. The Raiders started drives at SM Norths 40, 49 and 41.
But all SM South had to show for it was a 3-0 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Christian Kelley with 5:14 left in the first quarter.
The Indians denied SM South a touchdown when they made a solid goal-line stand that prevented the Raiders from scoring on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
The stop was particularly painful for SM South, which lost its starting running back, junior Dalton Lewallen on the play. Lewallen had a run of 24 yards in the drive that led to the field goal. He was closing in on 50 yards when he was hurt midway through the second quarter.
SM South finally took advantage of good field position, though, when it started at the Indians 41 with just over 3 minutes left in the half.
Instead of grinding out a drive, the Raiders struck quickly through the air. Allen connected with Edwards on the long touchdown play. The extra point gave SM South a 10-0 lead with 2:51 left in the second quarter.