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October 23, 1990


Two hundred and six yards isn't 252 yards.

The first number is what was reported as Lawrence High's total offense last Friday in its 34-16 district-clinching win over Topeka.

The second number is what the Lions actually accumulated because the stats failed to include Lewis Hardin's 46-yard touchdown run, giving the senior back 92 yards instead of 46.

But neither is 252 yards 332 yards, and the latter is what LHS was averaging heading into its clash with Troy.

"Topeka High had the ball more than anybody has had the ball against us," LHS coach Dick Purdy said. "We had fewer plays than normal."

Not fewer points, however. And that's the statistic that mattered, Purdy said.

"I used to do that," he said. "We had 10 offensive goals and 10 defensive goals and goals for the special teams. Everybody had goals. What we found out was it took some of the emphasis out of winning the game.

"Against the weaker teams you usually got your goals. Against stronger teams you'd sometimes get them, and in a real donnybrook it didn't seem to make a difference."

FRIDAY'S WAS hardly a knock down-drag out. The Trojans gained 15 fewer yards than Lawrence despite running 19 more plays.

Credit the Lions' defense, Purdy said.

"Defensively, at least my guys graded out better than they had before," he said.

That came as no surprise to defensive end Ryan Dyke.

"We're getting really good pursuit now," Dyke said. "We're not that big, so we've got to play really smart football."

They've played well enough to make the Class 6A state playoffs for the 10th year running and extend their district record to a perfect 29-0.

Except for keeping that streak intact, this week's matchup with Shawnee Heights is moot. But last season the T-Birds took a 14-0 lead before LHS rallied to a 21-14 win, so don't try telling the Lions.

"They're not supposed to be as good as some of the other teams we've played," Dyke said, "but we can't take them for granted. We remember last year."


Lawrence ran its winning streak against Topeka High to 16 games, and against Topeka schools to 37 straight . . .

Remember last year and the year before that, and the year before that when Lawrence met an Olathe school in the first round of the playoffs? Again this season Olathe North and Olathe South enter their regular-season finales with 2-0 district records and a playoff berth on the line. LHS beat O-South, 28-0, on its way to the 1989 state title . . .

The Lions, 7-1, could climb back to No. 1 this week, since Garden City toppled top-ranked Wichita Northwest, 21-14. The Grizzlies were Class 6A's last undefeated team . . .

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