Lawrence High and Olathe North are both coming off impressive season-opening football victories.
Last week, Olathe North compiled 399 yards in a 35-3 rout of Shawnee Mission East. Lawrence chalked up 408 yards in a 41-22 romp of SM Northwest.
O-North and Lawrence will clash on Friday in the Lions' home opener. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Haskell Stadium.
The impressive offensive numbers caught the attention of the opposing coaches.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a Lawrence team play that well that early in the season," said North coach Gene Wier, who was able to watch the LHS opener because his team played on Thursday.
"We start a lot of young people and we can't afford to be as non-aggressive and miss assignments against Lawrence like we did against East."
The Eagles relied on two newcomers -- Arland Bruce and Jeremy Milne -- last week. Bruce, a 5-9, 165-pound junior tailback, gained 130 yards on 14 carries and had a 42-yard touchdown run in his first varsity appearance. He is a cousin of Julius Bruce, a former North standout and freshman on the Kansas football team.
Milne, a 6-0, 195-pound junior quarterback, completed 7 of 17 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Milne attempted just six passes all last season. Jeff Frase was Milne's favorite target. He had five receptions, including three for touchdowns, for 143 yards.
"They're nicely balanced," LHS coach Dick Purdy said. "They have a big strong fullback, fast tailback and the quarterback can throw."
The Lions weren't as balanced last week but did show signs of passing efficiency. Senior quarterback Jim Ward completed six of nine passes for 66 yards, including an 18-yard TD pass to Bill Breshears.
Defensively, Olathe North allowed 195 yards (138 rushing, 57 passing) and a fourth-quarter field goal.
"They're exceptionally strong with their four down linemen and their linebackers," Purdy said.
In last year's LHS-North game, the Lions gained 432 yards in a 28-14 victory. The game was tied 14-14 midway through the second quarter.
North is the last school to defeat the Lions. The Eagles clipped Lawrence, 14-6, in the second game of the 1991 season. The Lions have won 35 consecutive games since.
Purdy said the Lions avoided serious injuries in the opener. He expects Lee Myers to replace Willie McKinnis at left offensive tackle because of McKinnis' bout with asthma.
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