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LHS TO TRAVEL TO SM SOUTH

September 23, 1999

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Lawrence High has lost back-to-back games after opening with a victory over Shawnee Mission North.

Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd wouldn't mind another offensive outburst tonight, when the Lions travel to Overland Park to battle Shawnee Mission South.

Kickoff for the Sunflower League contest is 7 p.m. at SM South District Stadium.

"I really hope the momentum we gained offensively last week will carry over," Wedd said.

Last week, the Lions erupted for a season-high 431 yards total offense and 36 points in a 48-36 loss to Shawnee Mission West.

LHS (1-2 overall, 1-1 league) has lost back-to-back games since opening with a 17-11 victory over SM North.

"I don't think I was pleased with either one of our last two games, simply because if winning wasn't important they wouldn't have a scoreboard at one end of the field," Wedd said.

The Raiders (1-2, 1-2) are coming off a 28-7 victory over Leavenworth after opening with two losses.

SM South's defense has captured Wedd's attention. In the league, the Raiders rank first in rush defense (116.7 yards a game) and second in points allowed (14.3) and total defense (196.7 yards). Outside linebacker Austin Wagner, a 5-foot-11, 177-pound senior, anchors the Raiders' defense.

"We're OK defensively," third-year SM South coach Brett Potts said. "Offensively we've struggled to put points on the board. We've shot ourselves in the foot."

SM South averages 258.7 total yards offensively -- 214 rushing and 44.7 passing.

LHS has proven susceptible to the pass. The Lions surrender a league-worst 214.3 yards passing a game. SM West's Andy Majors scorched Lawrence with 237 passing yards and four touchdowns last week.

"I think anybody who has a quarterback and a receiver will look at us right at the moment and say they can throw it," Wedd said. "We haven't stopped anybody from throwing yet."

Despite those stats, Potts doesn't plan to scrap his playbook and shun the run.

"We can't go into a game and change what we do," Potts said. "We want to attack certain things Lawrence gives us. Hopefully, we be able to throw a little bit. But if we can't run, it'll be a long year."

To combat the passing threat, Wedd plans to move Clint Morgan from linebacker to strong safety and Blake Allen to cornerback. Justin Lorenzo will start at linebacker in place of Morgan, a strong safety last year.

Andy Walter, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound junior, is South's starting QB. He took over for Andy Barger, who sustained a knee injury in Week 2.

"He's a little better runner, but not quite as good of thrower," Potts said of Walter. "He played tailback earlier in the year."

Junior Adam Stephens (5-9, 175) leads the Raiders with 49 carries, 343 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

"He's a hard runner, hard to tackle," Potts said of the league's third-leading rusher. "He does a lot of nice things with the football."

Lawrence and SM South's lone common opponent is SM North. LHS beat SM North in the opener. SM North blanked South, 21-0, two weeks ago.

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

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