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Archive for Thursday, August 26, 1999

LHS VARSITY ROLLS IN FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE

August 26, 1999

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Lawrence High's first-team offense scored four times on runs and once on a pass during its scrimmage Wednesday night.

Lawrence High's No. 1 unit committed turnovers on its first two possessions before converting on its final five series, rolling to a 33-0 intrasquad victory over the Lions' No. 2 squad on Wednesday during the annual fall sports jamboree at Haskell Stadium.

"I think the score was indicative of how we're still searching for depth," LHS head coach Dirk Wedd said.

The Lions scored four times on runs and once on a pass. Junior fullback Dustin Goodin scored twice on short runs. Senior slotback Ryan Phelps broke loose for a 23-yard touchdown run around the left end for the first score. Senior fullback Beau Wenger, a lineman a year ago, scored on a 1-yard run.

Senior quarterback Bryce McMichael connected with senior slotback Charles Brown on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

"Offensively we've got some weapons," Wedd said. "We have to do a good job up front to give the quarterback and receivers time to throw. We're starting to put some athletes out on the field and that's what we've missing the last couple of years."

McMichael connected on four of seven passes for 92 yards and an interception. His biggest pass play was a 27-yarder to Phelps on a fake punt. He also threw a 20-yarder to Brown to move the ball to 1-yard line.

"He's a good receiver, catches it well and knows what to do with it after he catches it," McMichael said of Brown.

Brown missed most of last season because of a knee injury. He recovered for track, where he qualified for state in the 100, 200 and 400.

"I like to run and catch the ball," Brown said. "I've got a little speed and I try to put it to use. Since it's my senior year, I want to be out there on the field."

Of Brown, Wedd said, "He's got to make the sure catch. He's learning. What hurts him was missing his junior year. He's just now getting into football shape."

Senior Justin Lorenzo, ineligible last year, also impressed Wedd at the scrimmage.

"Justin Lorenzo showed flashes of being a tough linebacker and fullback," Wedd said. "I thought he ran the ball hard. I liked how all the fullbacks played."

Senior Blake Allen, out for football for the first time, kicked three PATs and also had an interception. Devon McAnderson intercepted one of McMichael's passes.

"We don't like where we're at right now," McMichael said. "We did good for a while and then we got tired."

After the scrimmage, Wedd ordered the players to run 40-yard dashes.

"The heat got to us a little bit," Wedd said. "I wanted to make a point as to how hard they have to play and leave it on the field. Lawrence High football teams play 48 minutes."

Wenger wasn't surprised by the dash request.

"We're not playing like Lawrence Lions defensively wise," he said. "We need to step it up. We're a little out of shape."

Senior Jason Fender, recovering from a virus, didn't suit for the scrimmage. He is projected as a starter at receiver and cornerback plus is the team's punter. Wedd expects him back for next week's opener.

The Lions, 5-5 last fall, will open on Sept. 3 against Shawnee Mission North. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Haskell.

  • Billy Kelly sparks varsity soccer: Senior Billy Kelly scored two goals -- the final two -- to lead Lawrence High's boys varsity soccer team to a 4-0 victory over the LHS junior varsity. Junior Zach Hemenway scored the first goal and Tom Grubbs punched in the second goal.

  • Williams leads LHS runners: Senior Chris Williams, who has won back-to-back Class 6A state cross country titles, led the LHS boys runners during their mile run.

After the track was cleared, Williams and teammate D.J. Hilding trotted around for one more lap and waved the LHS cross country banner. Williams was in disguise for the extra lap. He wore a red and black cape and black mask. He also donned a 'Captain Cross Country' tank top.

-- Steve Rottinghaus' phone message number is 832-7152. His e-mail address is srottinghaus@ljworld.com

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