Jayhawks roll over Southeast Lancers in 42-0 blowout
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Above, Jayhawk sophomore Braden Nation takes the ball through Lancer defenders in the second quarter. Below right, senior quarterback Dylan Nickelson scrambles out of the pocket. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – The Jayhawk football team shutout the Southeast Lancers 42-0 at home on Friday night, Sept. 9, racking up nearly 400 yards of offense. At the same time the Jayhawk defense kept opponents to only 85 yards rushing and 8 yards passing.
It was the second week in a row that the Jayhawk-Linn program put the beat down on a Three Rivers League team at home. The previous week, the Jayhawks sailed over the Northeast Vikings from Arma by a score of 62-6.
The Jayhawks put up 254 rushing yards against the Lancers, and mostly with the arm of senior quarterback Dylan Nickelson, added 127 yards passing.
Within the opening minutes, the ‘Hawks were on the board with a touchdown but failed on the extra point attempt. With a little more than four minutes left in the first quarter, they recovered a punt on the Lancer 32 yard line.
On the next play, Nickelson threw across the middle to junior wide receiver Gus Grote, who carried the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. On the two-point conversion play, Nickelson tossed to sophomore tight end Braden Nation, and the ‘Hawks were up 14-0.
On the Lancers’ next possession, junior linebacker Tucker Hall intercepted a pass midfield, running it into the end zone, but the ball was brought back to the 50 yard line on a penalty.
Nickelson kept the ball on the next play, advancing to the Lancer 40, but the Lancer defense was able to sack Nickelson on the next play, forcing a fumble that they recovered.
The Lancers next drive fizzled quickly and the Jayhawks took over on downs at the Lancer 42 yard line. The ‘Hawks advanced downfield, but the team’s progress was hampered by penalties.
Junior defensive lineman Ethan Ranes puts pressure on the Lancer quarterback. The Jayhawk defense punished Lancer offense throughout the game.
Nickelson connected with Grote to put the Jayhawks on the Lancers’ 9 yard line and again for the touchdown. The conversion attempt was no good, and the ‘Hawks were up 22-0.
The Jayhawk defense kept pressure on Southeast all night, forcing a fumble that the home team recovered on the Jayhawk 45. The ‘Hawks moved the ball quickly back into Lancer territory, and senior wide receiver Garrett Seely ran the ball into the end zone from the 28 yard line, adding to the Jayhawk’s score, 28-0.
After the half, the ‘Hawks lost the ball on a fumble, and it seemed like the Lancers were beginning to put a drive together. A 25-yard rushing play put the Lancers on the Jayhawk 25 with a first down.
Senior wide receiver Austin Nation finds running room as he breaks for the end zone.
But the Lancers’ progress stalled there, and the Jayhawks took over on downs. The Jayhawks had trouble moving the ball as well, however, with a fourth and six on their own 38 yard line, Grote finds his way through the Lancer defense, running 62 yards for a touchdown. Nickelson kept the ball for the conversion, and the score was 36-0.
The ‘Hawks would score again in the fourth quarter on a keeper by Nickelson, but the conversion attempt was off the mark.
Jayhawk head coach Dustin Johnson was critical of how the team played against the Lancers compared to the blowout against Northeast the week before.
After the Northeast game, he praised his team for executing assignments, playing fast, and avoiding making many mistakes. Against Northeast, the Jayhawks rolled out more than 400 yards of offense with only one penalty. He said team members consistently completed their assignments against Northeast but seemed to lose focus against the Lancers.
"I thought we played well overall, but just had mental lapses in key moments that stalled drives," Johnson said. "We need to really focus in those situations and do a better job of communicating. The good news is everything we did wrong last Friday can be fixed."
On Friday, the Jayhawks will take their 2-0 record to Uniontown, another Three Rivers League team that has lost to both Pleasanton and Baxter Springs in their first two games this year.