Gardner Edgerton High School sophomore Keegan Michael rushes for yardage in action Friday night. Photo courtesy of Kelly Johns

Gardner Edgerton High School sophomore Keegan Michael rushes for yardage in action Friday night. Photo courtesy of Kelly Johns

Defending 6A state champions, the Shawnee Mission East High School Lancers, lived up to their preseason hype handing the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers a 45-0 loss at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium last Friday night.
Using a balanced attack East jumped to a 33-0 first half lead and never looked back en route to victory.
The Lancers accumulated 438 yards of offense; 218 rushing yards and 220 yards through the air, and scored on every drive but one in the first half. That drive was cut short by Blazer Kolbee Finnell fumble recovery at the 21-yard line.

Hunter Skeens, no. 1, works for yardage in action against the defending state champions last Friday night, The Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers lost 45-0 in the season opener. Photo coutesy of Daphne Pippitt

Hunter Skeens, no. 1, works for yardage in action against the defending state champions last Friday night, The Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers lost 45-0 in the season opener. Photo courtesy of Daphne Pippitt

After East held GEHS on its first possession, East went to work. East quarterback Luke Kaiser ran a draw play for a 45-yard touchdown on East’s first play.
Kaiser had 109 rushing yards and 63 passing yards. Other Lancers to score were Mike Bamford, Jack Tyler and Sky Tate.
Despite offensive woes, GEHS accumulated 181 yards of offense.
Junior quarterback Griffin Johns completed six of eleven passes for 61 yards, and the Blazers rushed for 120 tough yards.
Despite the loss, GEHS coach Marvin Diener remains optimistic.

Gardner Edgerton High School’s Conner Boyt punts in first quarter action at Shawnee Mission East High School last Friday night. The Blazers dropped a 45-0 decision to the defending state champions, the SME Lancers. Photo courtesy of Daphne Pippitt

Gardner Edgerton High School’s Conner Boyt punts in first quarter action at Shawnee Mission East High School last Friday night. The Blazers dropped a 45-0 decision to the defending state champions, the SME Lancers. Photo courtesy of Daphne Pippitt

“It’s not as bad as you think. We still have to prepare for league play next week,” said Coach Diener.
The Blazers will get ready to take on 4A Bishop Miege High School at home Friday night, Sept. 11.
Miege, fresh from a 57-14 win over Eastern Kansas League foe Blue Valley Northwest High School, will look to top running back Dawson Downing for key plays.

Gardner Edgerton High School sophomore Tyler Henry makes a tackle downfield in action at Shawnee Mission East High School. Photo courtesy of Kelly Johns

Gardner Edgerton High School sophomore Tyler Henry makes a tackle downfield in action at Shawnee Mission East High School. Photo courtesy of Kelly Johns

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the GEHS District Stadium.