Falling behind 20-0 at halftime, the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazer football team dropped a 40-0 decision to Shawnee Mission East High School in the season home opener last week.
Shawnee Mission East, ranked two in 6A, got its offense going early, when senior quarterback Gunnar Englund connected with Alec Dean on a 55-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter.
The Shawnee Mission East Lancers went up 20-0 by halftime, thanks to a 2-yard score by Wyatt Edmiston, and a 1-yard QB sneak by Englund.
East continued its scoring parade with another 49-yard touchdown pass from Englund to Dean.
After a 6-yard touchdown run by Edmiston, England and Dean connected on a 32-yard strike for another touchdown.
Despite the loss, senior runningback Jadon Pearson-Bruce ran for 111 yards on 24 carries.
Things do not get easier as the Blazers travel to Bishop Miege High School on Friday, Sept. 12.
Miege won its season opener against Blue Valley Northwest 51-36 and will be led by senior quarterback Ryan Willis.
Willis, a 6’4” 205-pounder is committed to the University of Kansas football team. Willis will lead a Miege team who is ranked number one in the small class. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.