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KS recaps: Spring Hill, Lawrence, Miege

By 810 Varsity, 09/16/23, 1:30AM CDT


Spring Hill wins Frontier League battle; Lions escapes in 2OT

Colton McKanna scores a touchdown in Spring Hill's 31-28 win at Eudora. (Photo: Jason Burritt, 810 Varsity)

Spring Hill 31, Eudora 28

A showdown of two top 10 teams in Kansas lived up the billing.
Spring Hill, ranked No. 10 in the 810 Varsity Kansas Class 5A rankings, won a 31-28 classic on Friday night over Eudora, No. 3 in the Kansas Class 4A ranks.

The Broncos (3-0) and Cardinals traded blows, namely with Spring Hill’s Colton McKanna going beserk with 168 rushing yards and all three Broncos touchdowns en route to a 21-14 lead at intermission.

Eudora answered right after halftime, as Adrion Seals took a pitch 40 yards for a touchdown to even the game at 21-21. Spring Hill stepped up again with a touchdown for a 28-21 lead early in the fourth, then a huge defensive stop as safety Holden Lough picked off Eudora, and returned the interception to the Cards 42. McKanna then broke off a 27-yard run, but oddly lost a shoe during the run. With McKanna out, Spring Hill settled for a field goal – and a 31-21 lead.

The Cardinals (2-1) went on a long drive capped by a Kole Manley quarterback sneak to pull to 31-28 with 3:49 left. A failed Eudora onsides kick attempt gave Spring Hill the ball, which McKanna then ripped off two first downs to seal the win.

Spring Hill will face the No. 4-ranked team in Class 5A, Blue Valley Southwest next Friday, while Eudora will entertain Ottawa.

Adrion Seals races for a gainer against Spring Hill. (Photo: Jason Burritt, 810 Varsity)

Lawrence 31, SM East 28 - 2OT

Lawrence escaped an upset scare, to say the least.

The Lions, No. 18 in the Metro and No. 8 in Kansas Class 6A in the 810 Varsity rankings, pulled out a 31-28 win in double overtime against Shawnee Mission East.

Entering the fourth quarter tied at 14-14, the Lancers’ Jack Reeves opened the period with an inside handoff and broke loose to the outside for a 37-yard run to lead, 21-14.

East looked to be driving again to close it down, but a pass from midfield was picked off by Lawrence safety Zander Thomas, who was off to the races for a 74-yard touchdown return, and a 21-21 tie.

LHS quarterback Banks Bowen opened the scoring in overtime with a 10-yard draw for a score, and a 28-21 margin. But the Lancer countered with a 6-yard pass from Pearcy on a rollout to Reeves to force a second overtime. 

East opened the second extra stanza, but missed on a pass to the right side of the end zone, then hooked a 26-yard field goal attempt to the left. Lawrence’s Andrei Lefort got his chance at a 27-yard field goal, and connected for the 31-28 win. 

The Lancers (0-3) opened up a 14-0 lead on Lawrence’s home field after touchdown runs from Luke Peary and Nate Phillips. Reeves led the Lancers with 106 rushing yards. 

Bishop Miege 48, St. James Academy 7

A clash of the only two Kansas Class 4A state champions over the last decade, was over by half.

Bishop Miege, state champs in 2014-19 and 2022, throttled St. James Academy, 48-7, Friday night at Dixon Doll Stadium. The Stags, ranked No. 7 in the 810 Varsity Top 25, capitalized off seven turnovers by the Thunder. 

St. James pulled to 14-7 in the second quarter, after a Ben Wheeler 23-yard pass to John Tujague put the Thunder at the 1. Two plays later, a Wheeler sneak got St. James within a score. 

But from there, Miege went to work. The Stags capped a scoring drive to start the quarter with a 4-yard pass from quarterback Marco Rodriguez to Hollis Moeller with just 4:37 left in the half.

Following a turnover, Rodriguez then lofted a 34-yard bomb down the right side to a wide open Teryn Jackson, and a 28-7 halftime cushion. 

David Garcia piled on two rushing touchdowns, while Rodriguez also scored on the ground, to cap the Miege scoring in the second half.

Bishop Miege (3-0) will travel to Rockhurst (3-1) in a battle of area powers and two teams in the 810 Varsity Top 10 next Friday.

The Thunder won the state title in 2020 and 2021, but now are 0-3 for the season.

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