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Archive for Saturday, October 28, 1995

ATTIG POWERS LHS TO VICTORY

October 28, 1995

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— Thomas Daniels is Lawrence High's breakaway running back, averaging 12 yards a carry.

Fullback Garrett Attig prefers to earn his yards little by little.

Attig rushed 26 times for 114 yards on Friday night and had all four touchdown runs in the Lions' 27-6 victory over Topeka High, a triumph that qualified Lawrence for the state playoffs.

Attig hadn't rushed for 100 yards in a game since the season opener, when he had 145 yards on 15 carries against Shawnee Mission Northwest.

"It feels good when you get a long, long drive, eat up the clock, get two yeards here and there," said Attig, whose longest gain went for 15 yards. "It makes it more fun. Personally, I like to work for my yards."

The Lions took their first possession to Topeka's one-yard line, where they fumbled while J.D. Loudabarger tried to hand off to Attig. Lawrence wasn't denied again in the half, scoring on its next three possessions.

"Our offensive line did a great job," LHS head coach Dick Purdy said. "We're fortunate we have hard-running backs. They used everything the linemen gave them."

Attig went around the left side, featuring tackle Willie McKinnis and guard Pat Mason, for three of his touchdowns.

"We played really well up front," Mason said. "We've been working hard this week to be able to come off the ball."

Loudabarger also benefited from the line's play. He had 10 carries for 69 yards. His 22-yard run on fourth-and-seven at Topeka's 27 in the second quarter set up the Lions' first touchdown. Loudabarger looked to pass before being forced out of the pocket.

"There were some great blocks," Loudabarger said. "Three or four unbelievable blocks set me free."

Daniels, who had rushed for at least 140 yards in each of the four previous games, was limited to nine carries for 78 yards against Topeka. A hip injury prevented him from playing in the second half. Daniels stood on the sideline the entire second half.

He's expected to be OK for next week's playoff game.

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