It was arguably the most dramatic high school football game of the season between two undefeated teams.
And it was settled by a heck of a gutsy call.
Shawnee Mission East, despite throwing a pick-six, having a punt blocked, getting stopped at the 1-yard line and having a touchdown called back because of a penalty, endured and defeated Olathe North 36-35 in double overtime in a Kansas Class 6A state semifinal game.
The thriller was decided when the Lancers’ Wyatt Edmisten banged into the end zone from 1 yard out for his second fourth-down touchdown in overtime, and Sam Huffman took a pitch and raced in for the two-point conversion that won the game.
“We had been in double-tight and pounding them off-tackle, so we came in with a toss play for the two-point conversion,” SM East coach Dustin Delaney said. “If Sam couldn’t get that ball into the end zone, we probably didn’t deserve to win that game.”
SM East scored on the first series of the game and held a lead into the third quarter. Olathe North’s Chaz Burgess tied the score on an 81-yard interception return, and teaammate Isaiah Simmons blocked a punt. That led to Venus Triplett’s 5-yard scoring run that gave Olathe North the lead.
Huffman scored on a 48-yard run, then Edmisten added a 5-yard run and a two-point conversion, putting SM East ahead. Olathe North responded with a 6-yard pass from Cole Murphy to Burgess.
Edmisten and Murphy scored for SM East in the first overtime, and Triplett scored Olathe North’s final touchdown.
The victory propelled SM East into the Class 6A state championship game, which the Lancers won 33-14 over Hutchinson. It was SM East’s first football state championship and capped a 13-0 season.