Football team bounces back against Olathe Northwest [Slideshow]

After an embarrassing loss to Lawrence Free State last week, Cougar football recovers and defeats the Ravens 27-17.

It was an incredible shock that the Northwest football team was shutout by Lawrence Free State 49-0 last Friday night. The question was how would they respond?

“ We bounced back after a poor effort last week, coach Aaron Barnett said, ” I want to give credit to my assistant coaches they did a great job this week making sure our team was focused.’

The Cougars answered quickly capitalizing on a Stephen Manglesdorf fumble recovery with a 17 yard touchdown run by senior Jon Hauk. This was the first game since Hauk’s lingering knee injury where he recieved 21 carries and 150 yards.

Northwest tacked on a 38 yard field goal by senior quarterback/kicker Matt Nowak which gave the football team a 10-0 lead.

After trading interceptions later in the first quarter, Olathe Northwest got on the board with a 23 yard field goal by senior kicker Nick Prologo.

Shawnee Mission Northwest started the second half with nine straight runs by Hauk. But after a few failed attempts to punch the ball into the endzone, Nowak found junior tight end Drew Goodger in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown which put the Cougars up by two touchdowns.

After adding another field goal in third quarter, Northwest held a commanding 17 point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Olathe Northwest countered with their first drive of the fourth quarter with a 1 yard touchdown run by senior quarterback John Lemke.

But a Matt Nowak 51 yard pass to Kosh Khan helped set up the Cougars final score of the night, a one yard touchdown by Nowak securing a Cougar victory.

The football team starts disrtict play next week against rival Shawnee Mission West. The Vikings (5-1) and the Cougars (4-2) are the teams with the two best records in their district, so this game will most likely determine the winner of this district.

Game Summary:

First Quarter:

SMNW: TD Jon Hauk 17 yard run(Matt Nowak kick) 11: 02 ( 7-0 SMNW)

SMNW: FG Matt Nowak 38 yard field goal 4:59 (10-0 SMNW)

ONW: FG Nick Prologo 23 yard field goal :11 (10-3 SMNW)

Third Quarter:

SMNW: TD Drew Goodger 3 yard pass from Matt Nowak (Nowak kick) 7:00 (17-3 SMNW)

SMNW: FG Matt Nowak 32 yard field goal 3:08 (20-3 SMNW)

Fourth Quarter:

ONW: TD John Lemke 1 yard run (Nick Prologo kick) 9:35 ( 20-10 SMNW)

SMNW: TD Matt Nowak 1 yard rum (Nowak kick) 6:33 (27-10 SMNW)

ONW: TD Mike Eichenberg 18 yard pass from John Lemke (Prologo kick) 3:25 ( 27-17 SMNW)

SMNW Stats


Matt Nowak 5/8 80 yards 1 TD

Stephen Manglesdorf 1/2 11 yards, INT


Jon Hauk 21 car, 150 yards, TD

Nick Caldwell 8 car, 51 yards

Matt Nowak 8 car, 23 yards, TD

Chris Mansker 2 car, 2 yards


Kosh Khan 1 rec, 51 yards

Chris Mansker 2 rec, 21 yards

Alex Geis 1 rec, 12 yards

Drew Goodger 2 rec, 7 yards, TD