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SME vs SNMW Football Preview

The Lancer football team will take on the Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars at the Shawnee Mission North stadium at 7:00 p.m. East will be up against the Cougar’s pass-heavy offense, led by quarterback Spencer Stewart.

In practice, head coach Dustin Delaney has had the team focused on shutting down the Cougar’s passing game. Players have also spent the week reviewing tape of Northwest from their last game against Lawrence High School.

In Northwest’s last game, they lost 67-0 to Lawrence according to

Last week the offensive line proved their worth in the game against Olathe South, despite doubt surrounding the lack of experienced players.

This week the inexperienced offensive line will get to prove their skills. Only two players on the offense started last year. However, based off of their performance last week, senior center Justin Finnigan believes that they can win again tonight.

On the offensive side, these two teams are complete opposites. In contrast to Northwest’s focus on passing, East’s “flex-bone” offense, a formation using three running backs compared to two, stresses the run game. This game will come down to which defense can handle the others offense.

“It’ll certainly be a lot different,” said senior running back Milton Braasch. “But it’ll be cool to watch because there’ll be a lot of air-raid offense from Northwest and then a lot of ground-and-pound from us.”

The Lancers defeated the Cougars twice last year, in regular play and in the playoffs, but East is taking this year’s game very seriously.

“We don’t take anyone lightly so we can’t underestimate anyone and gotta be ready to play.” said Braasch.

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Lucia Barraza

Lucia Barraza is a sophomore at Shawnee Mission East and is a staff writer. Outside of the journalism room Lucia can be found playing soccer, dancing, or hanging out with her friends. She’s very short and spunky and loves to write. She is very excited to be on staff again this year and be apart of a great publication. Read Full »

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