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Archive for Saturday, October 4, 1997

Lions win first

LHS rolls past Olathe South, 28-7

October 4, 1997

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— Yo, Adrian.

Lawrence High's Adrian Garcia, a converted fullback, ran roughshod over Olathe South at Olathe District Activities Center on Friday night.

Garcia punished the Falcons with 226 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns to lead Lawrence High to a 28-7 football victory - the Lions' first win of the season following four losses.

"The offensive line finally got it in their head that if we're going tyo win ballgames they're going to have to open up the holes," said Garcia, a 6-foot-1, 257-pounder who had rushed for 280 yards in the first four weeks. "They did a great job tonight."

In the first half, the Lions (1-4) rushed 35 times for 234 yards. Garcia carried most of the workload with 26 carries for 158 yards - 6.1 yards a carry - in the first 24 minutes.

"I kind of have to earn my yards," garcia said. "I have no quickness. I try to swivel my hips and I'm trying to get used to reading the blocks."

Garcia, Lawrence's go-to player in short-yardage situations, had TD runs of one, two and one yards. He also converted three fourth-and-short situations, including a fourth-and one at the Lions' 44 on the opening drive.

"That's our offense," LHS coach Dick Purdy said of Garcia. "We can slug it out if we don't drop it on the ground. We moved Adrian back there to pound away. The guys did a good job up front."

Olathe South, now 1-4 after losing three in a row, prepared all week for Garcia.

"We came in trying to stop him and we didn't get it done," O-South coach Wayne McGinnis said. "We didn't tackle very well and that caused us some problems. I don't know if we did anything good all night long. I'd have to look at the video. It wasn't a very good performance."

The Lions finished with a season-high 405 rushing yards on 70 carries. Senior slotback Justin Pickel had nine carries for 96 yards, including a 34-yard TD burst keyed by a Chris Barlow block in the third quarter.

Lawrence's defense limited the Falsons to 136 yards total offense. O-South quarterback Zach Dyer, who had thrown for 814 yards through the first four games, was limited to 55 passing yards. Dyer completed nine of 20 passes and was intercepted by LHS cornerback John Williams in the second quarter.

The first half ended when Lawrence's Fernando Rodriguez sacked Dyer for a seven-yard loss, two plays after Jon Petr stuffed Dyer for a five-yard loss.

With 7:36 left in the first half, Lawrence's defense stopped O-South's Randy Luangmath one yard shy of the end zone on fourth down.

"It's good we finally came out and started playing like the Lions," said Petr, Lawrence's nose guard. "We had a slump for awhile and finally came out of it. That (goalline stand ) was a big bosst for us. we basically controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball."

The Lions hadn't opened with four losses since 1973.

"I think we were down and their confidences was rattled," Purdy said. "The key is where do we tak it from here."

The Lions will play host to Shawnee Mission North next Friday at Haskell Stadium. Lawrence's next tree games are at Haskell, including Free State on Oct. 24.

Notes: Garcia's 226 rushing yards was the most by a Lion since Thomas daniels rushed for 272 in lawrence's 20-0 victorty over Derby in the 1995 Class 6A state ginal.

Lawrence hadn't had a 100-yard rushing game by an individual since Matt Black rushed for 152 against Leavenworth in last year's regular-season finale.

LHS junior linebacker Nick Wilcox sprained his left ankle late in the first half and was on crutches following the game.

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