5A football had 3 games on tap and only one that had RPI implications. However, today was about seeing the young sophomores playing varsity football for Smoky Hill and Arapahoe, a team someone had as a top 10 nearly 3 months ago in one of many media pre season polls. Obviously they missed the mark so we had to see what all the hype was about as both teams entering today had a combine 3 wins. Smoky Hill (1-8) at Arapahoe (2-7). After about an hour of pre game festivities celebrating 25 seniors the ball game kicked off at 1pm at LPS stadium in a windy contest of 65 mile an hour winds. At stake was pride in aMt. Massive conference match up and perhaps a glimpse of the future 2 years for both teams.
For nearly 2 minutes it appeared that it was going to be a tight contest as both teams were a little sluggish. However, on the first warriors possession they went with a tight end to the boundary with #8 Jake Groth for a 50 yard TD pass from #10 Kevin Lukasiewicz for a score to go up 6-0. The PAT kick failed by #2 Nate RaPue perhaps because of the wind. These would prove to be the only points needed as AHS scored 28 points in the first quarter and 7 in Q2 to lead 35-0 at halftime.
At the break we figured to see the warriors clear the benches in the second half after nearly 25 seniors saw playing time and a host of players lined up on the sidelines that are the future. That was not the case until a few minutes left in the 4th quarter when some of the talents from the JV (8-3) squad adorned the field on an 11 yard TD run and a victory formation final play to run out the clock. Meanwhile Smoky Hill played a host of youngsters and will be better as some of their players will have much needed varsity reps under their belt come next season to compete.
Arapahoe 52, Smoky Hill 0
At LPS Stadium
Arapahoe (3-7, 2-3) Mt. Massive 28 7 10 7—52
Smoky Hill (1-9, 0-5) Mt. Massive 0 0 0 0—0
Arapahoe —Lukasiewicz 50 yard pass to Groth (RaPue kick failed). 10:10 Arapahoe — Thomas rip 6 TD 30 yard return 9:01 (Hollingsworth 2 point conversion) Arapahoe —9 yard pass to Myers (RaPue kick) 2:22 Arapahoe —Phelan 9 yard TD run (RaPue kick) :41.
Arapahoe —Lukasiewicz 29 yard pass to Groth (RaPue kick). 5:53
Arapahoe — Rapue 41 yard FG 8:21. Arapahoe — 65 yard punt return (RaPue kick).
Arapahoe — Des Spencer 11 yard TD run (Rapue kick).
While the game was one sided there are a few players that we will have an eye on heading into August 2018. The next 9 months will be about getting bigger, faster and stronger but we have earmarked a half a dozen players on each team to look for in September 2018.