SM East football coach Chip Sherman knows his Lancers are a bit dinged-up heading into today’s Homecoming match-up. And he knows that Olathe South, which ended East’s record-breaking season last year with a 28-24 victory in the Regional round of the playoffs, is as formidable an opponent as ever.
But ask him how he likes his team’s chances, and he’ll tell you that with a concerted effort on both ends of the ball, the Lancers can walk away with the win.
“They control the ball really well, and when you control the ball well, you can control the tempo,” Sherman said. “We’ve got to make sure we play defense. And we’ve got to make sure we keep scoring points.”
Sherman said he was impressed with how his team stepped up last week following week two’s loss to Olathe East — a game in which starting quarterback Dakota Collins broke an ankle, sidelining him for six weeks.
Last week against SM North, junior Nick Pirotte took over at QB, and was able to lead what Sherman described as a “balanced attack.”
“We want to stay as balanced as we can,” he said. “Our running backs played well, and we were able to do some things in the air. We want to keep getting better and better.”
But the Lancers will have to plug some holes this week, as up-to five players could sit the game out with injuries.
The game starts today at 1 p.m. at SM South stadium.