Lawrence High head football coach Dick Purdy had senior Nate Williams fooled about their trip Tuesday to Blue Springs South High School in Kansas City, Mo.
"He told me (Jason) Thoren was giving up his Simone award and that they needed a representative from the team," Williams said.
Instead, Williams was surprised when he became the second LHS lineman to receive the Buck Buchanan Award.
The award recognizes the best high school lineman on the Missouri side and the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Lawrence's Jim Myers received the award last year. Thoren, now playing for Kansas, won last year the Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award for being named the best overall player.
"Nate's deserving of everything he gets," Purdy said. "He did a great job on both sides of the ball."
Williams, 6-1, 195 pounds, played right offensive guard and defensive end for Lawrence. He helped the Lions, who finished with a 10-2 record, average 261 rushing yards a game.
Williams, an all-Sunflower League selection on offense and defense, didn't play his junior season because of a knee injury.
"He probably would've been a starter for us last year," Purdy said.
Said Williams, "I came into this season and didn't know how well I was going to play. I'm glad I was noticed."
Williams is unsure of his college plans, but he is "seriously thinking" about playing football. He has received interest from NCAA Div. II schools and junior colleges.