Overland Park Welcome back, Thomas and Garrett.
Lawrence High's senior running backs Thomas Daniels and Garrett Attig, starting for the first time in three weeks, combined for 242 yards rushing and two touchdowns apiece in Lawrence's 28-6 football victory over Shawnee Mission West on Friday at SM South District Stadium.
Daniels did most of the damage, gaining a career-high 186 yards in 13 carries. He had touchdown runs of 20 and two yards.
"What they were giving us was geared toward Thomas," said LHS coach Dick Purdy, whose team has won three straight to improve to 4-1. "They were giving us the opportunities to run over the tackles on traps and Thomas ends up with those plays."
Attig finished with 11 carries for 56 yards, including TD runs of two and 18 yards. Daniels and Attig sustained injuries in the second week of the season.
SM West scored first when sophomore Travis Brown kicked a 41-yard field goal with a brisk wind behind his back with 4:52 left in the first quarter. LHS defensive end Zac Huston's sack of Zac Richmond for a nine-yard loss and nose guard Randy Foster's stick of tailback Twyanne Aldridge for no gain on the previous two plays prevented the Vikings from getting closer.
The Lions countered with a seven-play, 88-yard drive. Daniels and J.D. Loudabarger broke loose for 31-yard gains on consecutive plays to highlight the drive. Daniels' 28-yard run, keyed by blocks from Attig and Bryce Crady, set up Attig's two-yard TD run.
"We just didn't tackle very well," SM West coach Steve Shelton said. "They've got some great backs who run extremely hard."
The Lions extended their lead to 14-3 with 4:26 left in the first half on Daniels' 20-yard TD run plus a conversion run by Attig. Daniels eluded Charlie Hoag's grasp at the 15-yard line before heading to the end zone.
The Vikings' final score came on Brown's 21-yard field goal with one second left in the first half. The drive was set up when Daniels fumbled on a punt return at SM West's 49.
Though LHS rushed for 184 yards in the first half, Purdy wasn't satisfied.
"We were ragged the first half," Purdy said. "I was disappointed in the way we responded to several situations. I thought West had some good schemes on offense and defense. They played harder than we did in the first quarter."
The Lions dominated the third quarter, when they scored two touchdowns and limited West to eight yards total offense.
The Raiders' first drive of the second half ended when Huston blocked Brown's punt, caught by Ellis Daniels off the deflection. "Nobody touched me," Huston said.
The Lions scored five plays later on Thomas Daniels' two-yard run.
Attig's 18-yard run with 2:11 in the third quarter capped the Lions' scoring.
The Vikings, meanwhile, fell to 1-4, losing their fourth consecutive game.
"From where we are right now and where we've come from, we're doing pretty good," Shelton said.
The Lions play host next Friday to Shawnee Mission North, a 21-18 loser to SM South on Friday, at Haskell Stadium for the final game before district begins.