The Lancers came into their first road game of the season looking to continue what has become a 3-0 winning streak, while the Olathe Northwest Ravens were hoping to catch a break at home after going 0-2. The match-up was anticipated to be somewhat of a showdown between these two pass-heavy offenses, whose quarterbacks Jordan Darling (SM East) and Holdyn Halperin (ONW) both boast over 340 passing yards on the season.
[media-credit id=147 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]On offense the Lancers found success both in running and passing the ball. Senior running back Patrick Blackburn was able to find holes in the Raven’s defensive line and used his explosiveness to score three touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Connor Rellihan was able to outrun defenders and pulled in two touchdowns, both thrown by Darling. It is also worth mentioning that kicker Will Humphrey made every extra point, saved a two-point attempt, as well as a field goal, to round out what was generally a very good night for the Lancer offense.
Defensively, sophomore defensive end Kyle Ball had a truly outstanding performance with two sacks and over 10 tackles. Halperin was not able to catch a break with his passing game and struggled all night finding open receivers down field. Halperin also threw two interceptions, one picked off by senior linebacker David Stewart and another by sophomore defensive back Will Oakley.
On the Olathe Northwest side of things, the offense made good work of moving the ball up the field, however struggled whenever they reached the Lancer red-zone. Senior runningback Alex Pruss was able to run the ball well for the Ravens and ended up with the most carries for the team. Meanwhile when Halperin was able to find receivers downfield, his favorite target for the night ended up being Nathan Power, who stood out as being one of the more integral players for the Ravens during this game.
The Raven’s defense was quiet for most of the night, allowing the Lancers to run up the score starting with a three minute drive at the beginning of the game. They struggled to break through the Lancer line, and when they did they had trouble taking down Darling or other players for any significant losses.
With this win the Lancers become 3-0 for the season, and 5-2 in program history against the Ravens.
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