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Archive for Saturday, November 13, 1993

LHS doesn’t know much about state title opponent

November 13, 1993

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Lawrence High doesn't know much about its Class 6A state football championship opponent -- yet.

The Lions and Derby, the two remaining undefeated teams in the state's largest class, will meet next Saturday in the title game.

"We do know they're big and talented," LHS coach Dick Purdy said after the Lions beat Shawnee Mission North, 38-7, in sub-state on Friday at Haskell Stadium. "They had to beat some good teams to get where they're at."

The Panthers beat Manhattan, 13-7 in overtime, in the other state semi on Friday night in Derby.

"We've never seen film on 'em or anything, but we will," LHS senior Wayne Martin said. "We didn't care at all who we played. We're both undefeated, so it will be a big game. They're the big school out west, and we're supposedly the big school in the east."

LHS has won the past four 6A titles and will makes its eighth straight appearance in the championship game. That tradition, Lawrence senior end Charles Graham said, helped the Lions overcome SM North.

"Oh, yeah, our tradition helped," Graham said. "Especially playing at Haskell Stadium. It was just the spirit of Haskell Stadium. Like (former coach) Al Woolard told us, 'If you play hard, you WILL win.'"

Derby has not won state since the playoff system was implemented in 1969.

"Hey, it doesn't matter what their record is or what their stats are," LHS senior Brad Romme said. "At this point in time, we're both 0-0."

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