The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers derailed two potential Lyndon scoring drives in the second quarter with interceptions and wore down the Lyndon defense in the second half to break some big pass and run plays en route to a 38-13 win Friday night in front of a packed house of hostile opponent fans at Lyndon and a statewide television audience.

The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers derailed two potential Lyndon scoring drives in the second quarter with interceptions and wore down the Lyndon defense in the second half to break some big pass and run plays en route to a 38-13 win Friday night in front of a packed house of hostile opponent fans at Lyndon and a statewide television audience.

This win gives Colgan head coach Chuck Smith historical win No. 300 and puts the 8-0 Panthers in the driver’s seat of Class 2-1A, District 1, remaining the only unblemished team with a 4-0 district record.

“Well, it’s good to get it over with,” Coach Smith told Aaron Amershek of KSEK. “I tell you what, I’m proud of all of them and I’m proud of the kids. You know, 300 is just unbelievable and the one that’s probably most special was No. 1. I took the job from a great man, Frank Crespino, and I’ve got a world of respect for him and he’s been a real gentleman ever since I took the job. I’m just real proud to be part of this with all the kids and a special thanks to Coach (Wayne) Cichon, he’s been here 29 of my 32 years.”

Coach Smith improves to 300-63 (.830 winning percentage) during his career and becomes the sixth member of the 300-win coaching club in Kansas high school football.

After a scoreless first quarter, Colgan took out its skill players on the outside and put in extra linemen to form a jumbo package early in the second quarter. Christian Smith quickly gained 38 yards on two plays in the jumbo formation, including a 32-yard touchdown run for the first points of the game with 7:38 remaining in the second.

“Gosh, you know, Lyndon was tough and we just had a hard time,” Coach Smith said. “We said, hey, let’s just line up and see if we can go right at ‘em. We did and we had good success, and they lined up and did the same thing against us. It was a hard-fought football game.”

On the next two Lyndon possessions, Colgan intercepted passes from Lyndon quarterback Jordan Tillman — defensive backs Derek Beck and Sam Gilbert ended respective Lyndon drives into Colgan territory.

Colgan then converted those opportunities into 10 points to go up 17-0 at halftime. Zach Smith ran in a 3-yard touchdown and Austin Barone kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

The Smith twins gave Colgan three more touchdown plays after halftime — Zach Smith turned a screen pass into a 63-yard touchdown and Christian Smith scored on 5-yard and 56-yard touchdown runs in the fourth.

Colgan gained 459 yards of total offense — 356 run, 103 pass — and Christian Smith ran for 252 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Zach Smith ran for 78 yards and one TD on 14 carries and caught two passes for 70 yards and one TD.

Lyndon senior running back Nick Walsh gave a valiant effort on the ground, with a team-high 160 yards and one TD on a game-high 23 carries. Josh Owens added 59 yards and one score on 12 carries.

Colgan (8-0) finishes its regular season at home next week against Olpe.