GREENWOOD VILLAGE – In a postseason version of Aurora’s Wagon Wheel rivalry, No. 11 Smoky Hill received in convincing trend, defeating No 22. Overland, 48-6 within the opening spherical of the 5A state soccer playoffs.
Smoky Hill entered the sport having received the earlier assembly, a 48-26 win within the common season opener, however in Friday evening’s rematch, the Buffaloes had been even higher.
“What we didn’t know a year ago that we knew tonight is you have to take your opponent seriously,” defined Smoky Hill head coach Tom Thenell. “We practiced hard all week long, prepared and gave Overland the respect they deserved. We just came out and had a will about us.”
Behind the arduous operating of senior tailback Obasanjo Sanni, who rumbled in for 5 speeding touchdowns on the evening, the Buffaloes led early and didn’t look again.
“He’s the best back in the state,” stated Thenell. “We know that. Other people would probably argue with that, but I’m not. No. 44 is pretty special. When you feed him, you saw what happened.”
Sanni discovered the endzone on three consecutive drives to open the sport as Smoky Hill constructed an early 21-Zero lead.
“Coach told me I would have to run the ball and I just tried to do what I can for my team,” he stated.
Overland struggled offensively, however the Trailblazers had been briefly injected with life within the second quarter with a particular groups landing. The beforehand sure-handed Sanni muffed a punt, which was returned by Cam Harris 60 yards for Overland’s solely rating of the primary half. The play minimize Smoky Hill’s result in 21-6 following a failed two-point conversion try.
Sanni would redeem himself along with his fourth speeding landing on the next drive, extending the result in 28-6.
The Buffaloes would add two extra touchdowns earlier than the half, this time by way of the air as beginning quarterback Leslie Richardson III linked with Deangelo Horn and Ryan Hollingsworth on landing passes of 17 and 21 yards, respectively.
With six first half touchdowns, Smoky Hill entered halftime with a 42-6 lead.
Smoky Hill and Sanni would proceed the trouble into the second half, scoring once more on their opening drive of the third quarter. With a operating clock for the rest of the sport, Smoky Hill cruised to the 48-6 victory.
The Buffaloes advance to play sixth-ranked Columbine (Eight-2) subsequent weekend at Jeffco Stadium.
“I’ve got a bit of a history with coach Lowry and Columbine,” stated Thenell. “It’s a respectful rivalry. I respect him and I think he respects me.”