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Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2000

LHS player of the week: Damon Benitez

October 31, 2000

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Class: Senior.

Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 150.

Positions: Slotback/cornerback.

The game: Benitez finished with 150 all-purpose yards (59 receiving, 47 rushing and 44 on kickoff returns) in Lawrence's 41-19 victory over Topeka in a Class 6A district championship. Benitez, who averages 10.5 yards per carry to lead the Sunflower League, dragged two Topeka defenders into the end zone on his 16-yard TD run in the second quarter. He also had an interception his second of the season and first since picking a pass against Shawnee Mission Northwest in the second week.

Comment: "He only touches the ball four or five times a game, but he's electrifying," LHS coach Dirk Wedd said. "He's running very hard. He's a lot stronger than people think. Defense is probably where he'll go on and play in college football if that is what he wants to do. He's an outstanding corner. You can put him on your best receiver and not have to worry about it."

Honorable mention: Sophomore fullback Brandon McAnderson had 20 carries for a career-high 149 yards, including touchdown runs of 40 and three yards. Senior fullback Dustin Goodin ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Brian Seymour intercepted a pass for the third consecutive game and recovered a fumble to set up two Lawrence touchdowns.

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