The toughest loss for a high school football team to endure is a setback in a state championship game. That thought was never far away from the minds of the seniors on this season’s Shawnee Mission East squad. That resolve was evident throughout the Lancers’ 33-14 victory over Hutchinson on Saturday in the Kansas Class 6A championship game.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Junior halfback Dawson Downing, who was instrumental as the Stags completed an undefeated season by knocking off Topeka Hayden 42-35 in the Kansas Class 4A Division I state championship game, is a major part of the Bishop Miege nucleus that returns next season for the five-time state champs.
With first-year coach Randy Dreiling at the helm, the Saints of St. Thomas Aquinas High School put together one of the most successful football seasons in school history and made it to the Kansas Class 5A state championship game. Although Aquinas lost to Wichita’s Bishop Carroll 39-7, Odermann saw the experience as one the Saints can easily use as a stepping stone for next year.
Four 913 area teams — Olathe North, Shawnee Mission East, St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Miege — will play in Kansas high school football substate playoff games this week. All games start at 7 p.m. on Friday.