Archive for Saturday, September 30, 1995

DANIELS SHAKES OFF HIP PAIN

September 30, 1995

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— No pain, a lot of gains.

Thomas Daniels, who hadn't played tailback the past two weeks because of a hip-pointer injury, erupted for 186 yards on 13 carries and had two touchdown runs in Lawrence's 28-6 victory over Shawnee Mission West on Friday night.

"I don't even feel any pain in my hip anymore," Daniels said.

Daniels had five runs for 20 or more yards. He had 122 yards rushing in the first half.

"The holes were wide open," said Daniels, who broke several SM West tackles. "The line did a great job."

Shane Wedd, Willie McKinnis, Lee Myers, Pat Mason and Cory Brock formed the offensive line most of Friday, when the Lions gained 313 yards.

Daniels' comeback wasn't the only noteworthy return.

Junior Bryce Crady, a tight end and defensive end, saw extensive duty after missing last week's game because of viral meningitis.

"I wasn't sure if I'd play much or not," said Crady, who returned to practice on Wednesday after being hospitalized last weekend. "They figured I'd be back but they didn't know how much I'd be able to do."

Late in the third quarter, Crady sacked SM West quarterback Zac Richmond for an eight-yard loss. On the ensuing play, senior linebacker John Nelson intercepted Richmond for his first pick of the season.

"We were coming through the middle and I decided to run with the receiver," said Nelson, snaring the pass at West's 36-yard line and returning it 16 yards. "I tried to score. I was looking for the end zone, but I didn't quite get there."

For the second consecutive week, the Lions prevented their opponent from reaching the end zone. Lawrence shut out Olathe South last week and limited SM West to two field goals.

Todd Mihalchik's open-field tackle of Jered Feldman following a 27-yard pass play with 10 seconds left denied the Vikings from scoring.

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