Shawnee Mission North must have thought it ran into a brick wall Friday night.
Lawrence's defense dominated the Indians, trouncing the Tribe, 38-7, in the Kansas 6A sub-state game at Haskell Stadium Friday night.
The Lions allowed a mere 40 yards and two first downs in the first half. North only gained 162 total yards in the game, 101 in the final period.
"We tried to make them go three and out every time," linebacker Adam Brock said. "That was our goal."
North, 6-5, had hoped to utilize the power of 5-11, 214-pound fullback Bryan Durland and the speed of Rodney Bausby, the fourth-leading rusher in the Sunflower League.
But Durland, who was hampered by injuries in the team's previous meeting, only gained 21 yards on seven carries.
"They tried to run inside with Durland, especially with it being so wet tonight," Brock said. "But we had been prepared for that all week."
"I think that had a negative effect on them," added LHS senior Ryan Robinson. "Our backs seemed to be cutting all right, but they seemed to have trouble."
Lawrence, 11-0, had held the Indians scoreless through seven quarters in the teams' two games this year. But a 42-yard touchdown by Bausby in the fourth snapped the 90-minute scoreless streak. Bausby finished with 95 yards on 15 attempts.
"Bausby is a big killer," senior Jason Thoren said. "He's a guy who can break one open. He's always the main focus whenever we play North."
In the first meeting, Lawrence trounced the Indians 34-0, but had to thwart two impressive drives early in the game.
"We had something to prove on defense," said Jason Stoffer, a 6-2, 260-pound senior lineman. "They killed us last game. Everybody had something to prove tonight. The last time we played them, we keyed a lot on Bausby. Today, we had to key on both, which made it a little tougher."
Perhaps the pivotal play on defense was one that didn't exist. With the Lions leading 6-0 in the first quarter, Bausby had apparently tied the game with a 71-yard touchdown. But the play was called back because of a false start and LHS didn't break down afterwards.
"After they did that, we cranked it up even more on defense," Stoffer said. "We had just scored and Bausby came back with a big play. We realized that they could pull off the big plays and come back."
"For them, it would have been a different game if he had scored," LHS senior center-defensive tackle Jim Myers said. "That definitely would have lifted them."
North couldn't piece together a drive in the first half, entering LHS territory once. But that threat was ended when the Lions' John Karr intercepted Indian quarterback Ainoy Manirath.
"I'd say the offense and defense played really good," Myer said. "Our defense held 'em, and our offense scored."