Shawnee Mission East hasn’t been any sort of threat to make a big run at a state football title since back when leather helmets were all the rage. Especially since the city of Olathe has pretty much dominated Kansas 6a football for the better part of the last 15 years once Lawrence was kind enough to not have 15,000 kids in one high school and 1,000 kids on the football team. With 2013 Kansas QB commit Jordan Darling leading the Lancers to a win against Kansas’ most dominate big class program in the last 15 years, Olathe North, Darling might be well on his way to reaching legendary status at a school known for pretty much anything but success on the football field.
Darling went 17-31 for 266 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Lancers to the 30-7 win against the very young (9 sophomores on defense) Olathe North for the first time since 1988. The Lancers now sit at 2-0 on the season and face the entire city of Olathe over the next month. Next weekend Darling and the Lancers face Olathe Northwest and then the opponents get a bit tougher after that. Defending state champ Olathe South will look to bring the Lancers back to reality on September 22nd. South features possibly the best prospect in the country in the 2014 class in 6’6″ 270 lbs DT/OL Braden Smith. The Lancers will then finish their tour of Olathe football when they play Olathe East on September 28th. If Darling continues to play like he did Thursday night against Olathe North throughout the rest of September – Shawnee Mission East would be the clear favorite to represent the east side of the state in the title game.
Check out some highlights of QB Jordan Darling from the Lancers win over Olathe North.