Perry DeSoto sure doesn't look like a football team that lost its first three games.
"We ARE a different ball club," Wildcats coach Jon Krug confirmed Friday night. "The kids just decided to play football. We knew we had some players. They just needed confidence."
Confidence from last week's surprising victory over previously unbeaten Lansing helped DeSoto spoil Perry-Lecompton's homecoming on Friday night.
Darin Weese rushed for 192 yards in 35 carries and Bill Sawyer added 97 yards on 19 totes as the Wildcats smacked the winless Kaws, 27-8.
"We've got two good backs," Krug said. "They're a load when they come and hit you."
TOO MUCH of a load for Perry-Lecompton.
"We just weren't able to stop the dive," Kaws coach Armin Landis said. "That was a shortcoming that was glaring."
With its two meal tickets running play after play off the tackles, DeSoto fashioned scoring drives of 79, 69, 95 and 66 yards on its first four possessions.
Weese, a 5-8, 170-pound junior, capped two of them with TD runs of 8 and 12 yards. Sawyer, a 6-0, 210-pound senior, added another from four yards out. And just to prove the Wildcats aren't totally ground-oriented, sophomore quarterback Brad Chrisjohn tossed a 26-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Sean Hilton.
Perry-Lecompton didn't score until DeSoto led 27-0 and Krug had put in the reserves with about nine minutes remaining.
At the 8:31 mark, back-up running back Mark Gulley was hit by Matt Dean, fumbled and cornerback Doug Spencer picked the ball up on the run and went 55 yards to the end zone.
DeSOTO'S ONLY other mistake occurred on the first play of the second half when free safety Mike Piwarksi picked off Chrisjohn's errant pass. Perry-Lecompton couldn't capitalize, though.
The Kaws mounted just one threat on offense. They drove to DeSoto's four-yard line midway through the second quarter before Matt McClure was stopped for a yard loss on fourth and two.
Perry-Lecompton was trying to bounce back from a deflating double-overtime loss to Basehor-Linwood last week, and Landis thought his players responded.
"We had good practices on Wednesday and Thursday," he said. "I just don't think we expected the execution they (DeSoto) had offensively."
DeSoto, now 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Kaw Valley League, will go to Basehor-Linwood next Friday. Perry-Lecompton, 0-5 in the league and overall, will entertain Tonganoxie next Friday.