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Lawrence High remains winless

Lawrence high running back Tyrae Jenkins (10) gets smothered by a pack of Olathe Northwest defenders. LHS lost, 49-6, Friday at College Boulevard Activity Complex.

Lawrence high running back Tyrae Jenkins (10) gets smothered by a pack of Olathe Northwest defenders. LHS lost, 49-6, Friday at College Boulevard Activity Complex.

October 17, 2009


Lions football beaten again

The Lawrence High School football team has still not won a game after the first contest of the district playoffs. The Lions fell 49-6 to Olathe Northwest. Enlarge video

— All week, the Lawrence High football coaching staff talked about how physical Olathe Northwest would be.

As it turned out, the Ravens also were bigger, faster, quicker and stronger, and they made sure to use all of it to their advantage in a 49-6 rout of Lawrence High on Friday at College Boulevard Activity Complex.

Still searching for their first victory of the season, the Lions found out quickly Friday night that it would not come in Olathe. The Ravens scored on their opening possession on a 27-yard touchdown run from quarterback Josh Lemke, stuffed the Lions three-and-out on the next possession and then pushed their lead to 14-0 on a four-yard TD run from Cullen Phillips.

From there, the Lions imploded. Northwest’s Jake Mattern intercepted LHS quarterback Chris Gaston on the Lions’ next possession and turned the pick into six more points with a 28-yard TD return. One possession later, LHS junior Darrin Sorem fumbled fighting for extra yardage, and the loose ball was picked up by Northwest’s Stephen Anselmi, who took it 26 yards to the end zone to give ONW a 28-0 lead.

Before the Lions could blink, the game had gotten completely away from them.

“I didn’t have these guys prepared tonight and that’s on me,” LHS coach Dirk Wedd said. “We just weren’t ready to play.”

Olathe Northwest tacked on two more TDs before halftime and took a commanding 42-0 lead into the break.

Late in the first half, with Olathe Northwest already up 35-zip, it looked as if the Ravens were trying not to score. They walked in and out of the huddle, kept the ball on the ground and did not acknowledge the clock as it ticked down below a minute.

Even that didn’t work. On second-and-three from the Lions’ 25-yard line, Northwest’s Devon Boyce broke free for a 24-yard gain that set ONW up with a first-and-goal at the 1. On the next play, Brandon Bouvilom scored with 16 seconds remaining in the half to send the Ravens into the locker room with a six-touchdown lead.

Things started ugly for the Lions and only got worse from there. On the first two drives of the night, Ravens’ tailback Cullen Phillips made like a screwdriver and twisted and turned his way through the LHS defense to set the tone. Phillips carried 19 times for 96 yards and two TDs on the night to pace Northwest’s rushing attack, which torched the Lions for 274 yards.

By halftime, Northwest had outgained the Lions, 209-42 and finished the game with a 322-135 advantage in total offense.

LHS (0-7) was a much different team in the second half, scoring on its opening drive and holding the Ravens (3-4) to just one touchdown with a much more competitive effort.

“To me, it was just like, ‘Don’t give up,” said senior tailback Tyrae Jenkins, who scored the Lions’ only TD of the night. “At Lawrence High, we never give up. That’s what drove me.”

Added Gaston, who took a punishing hit at the three-yard line trying to leap into the end zone on the scoring drive and later chased down an ONW receiver from the far side of the field to shove him out at the 1: “I’m just trying to play for these seniors. They’ve only got a couple of games of football left, maybe in their lives, and I’m just trying to give them all I’ve got. I’m playing for my brothers.”

Although he was encouraged by the improved effort in the second half, Wedd said there was no way to sugarcoat his team’s latest loss.

“At some point, you just have to suck it up and have some pride about you,” Wedd said. “I thought that’s what we did in the second half but right now we’re just overmatched. We’re teaching sophomores how to be Lawrence High kids and it’s tough.”


dougmarshall 8 years, 8 months ago

Keep working LHS, like Noah's wife said..."honey, it has to stop raining someday!" You guys are suffering some great heat from fans and bloggers, but keep fighting. If any of you are looking for a job in a few years, I hope you find me. If you survive this season, you are one tough cookie. Adversity will make you stronger, more productive people.

TheYetiSpeaks 8 years, 8 months ago

Yes, ed, it was because of his poor coaching that they didn't convert that 44 point play.....ridiculous.

3up3down 8 years, 8 months ago

Just a bit of history. Woolard, enough said there! Pfutzenreuter 12-6, no losing seasons. Gibson 11-16, two losing seasons. Freeman 134-38, one losing season, one undefeated season. Purdy 62-17, two losing seasons, two undefeated seasons. Wedd 57-52, soon to be five (5) losing seasons. First possible winless season in 103 years of storied tradition. When is enough enough?

dirtyboss01 8 years, 8 months ago

wedd is the whole blame for this atrocious season

erina1323 8 years, 8 months ago

So you people are saying interceptions,fumbles, tripping over your own teamates is the coaching staffs fault??? If you all only new how much coach Wedd loves these boys. Just think next year these sophomores who have been busting their butts this year will have so much more experience.

erina1323 8 years, 8 months ago

So you people are saying fumbles, interceptions, and tripping over your own teammates is the coaching staff's fault? The coaches can't play the game for the kids. If some of you people only knew how much coach Wedd loved these boys. This team bust their butts and next year hopefully their hardwork will help them be successful!

3up3down 8 years, 8 months ago

Beobachter, You say we have no talent here. Why is that? Why is it that there are very very few seniors this year? I assume that the 8th and 9th graders from 3 and 4 years ago transferred out of the district. Their families all bought multimillion dollar homes north of 15th street. They are all now in the local private schools. If you chose any of the above you would be wrong. Reason not listed is that they do not want to play for the current coaching staff. I can name several kids that have chosen the latter path. I don't blame them.

svenway_park 8 years, 8 months ago

Lawrence high may be winless for a season,

but Marion is clueless forever.

It's about time for that sack of lies architect to show up again, isn't it?

classclown 8 years, 8 months ago

You people need to leave Dirk Wedd alone. If there is one thing I've learned reading comments on this site is that it is never ever the fault of the one that is currently in charge and his staff no matter how bad it is.

It is always the fault of the one that preceded him no matter what.

Dirk Wedd is just cleaning up the mess that was left him and deserves a Nobel prize because his vision of a winning season just might come to fruition someday. Or it may not. But at least he wants to have one.

3up3down 8 years, 8 months ago

bb, You missed the pun. None moved, they just don't to play for Wedd. Don't blame them after witnessing multiple practices over the years. Listening to the way he deals with players during practice, I would not need the brow beating either. Life is too short to be torn down the way he does it. I am not surprised that the neighborhood is not rated X for all the F bombs he has dropped over the years.

Thatakid207 8 years, 8 months ago

Obviously Hannahdawn you are correct we could use some more education on this topic. As stated many times before the funds being used to build the athletic facilities can only be used to build athletic facilities and nothing else.

erina1323 8 years, 8 months ago

Do you people really think Coach Wedd wants to have an losing season. With all the time and hardwork he puts into coaching I don't think it is in his plans to go out on Friday nights and lose.....

3up3down 8 years, 8 months ago

erina, Face facts. He lives and breathes this antiquated offense. It is predictable and beatable. Until he changes, and that won't happen, LHS is prone to having more dismal seasons and kids will not want to play because it is a boring offense. There are two good passing quarterbacks heading to LHS from Southwest next year and the year after. I hate to see their talents go to waste. Time will tell.

tdiddy 8 years, 8 months ago

No coach WANTS to have a losing season or (5). It's just that he doesn't have the skills to produce a winning team. We've had (have) the talent to get the job done. I'm sure it would help just a little if he ran more than the same 5/6 plays during the game. You've got to be creative and he is NOT. Wedd's game film is like a vinyl record that is stuck in the groove. Run Right,Run Right, skip, Run Left,Run Left!! Come on Dirk!! Turn the frickin page of the playbook. I just hope he is gone before my kid gets there....

tdiddy 8 years, 8 months ago

Beo, Bill Freeman had a very nice playbook and strong Philosophies, maybe he (Dirk) should look at some of those films we created back then and learn about winning. Nanny Doover was a h3ll of coach too. History speaks for itself...

Clickker 8 years, 8 months ago

Freeman ran a version of the run and shoot when he had the talent to implement it. He also ran out of the I and spread it out on occasion. He mostly ran the football, and there is nothing wrong with that..just dont telegraph it as much like they currently do. The current QB however, would not have started on a Freeman team. Too many INT's You could see this coming a few years ago with the sophmore team that was so thin to begin with, was devastated by injuries, including what looked like a career ending injury to Colter Vestal. Vestal then tapped out and went to a lower division school, and some other slackers ( now seniors) decided they would rather party tha play football. Too bad. But not much Wedd could do about it.

tdiddy 8 years, 8 months ago

It sounds like Seamus is ok with Succeeding to Fail!! Topic of article: "Lawrence High Winless" Nothing about Sportsmanship, These boys had that instilled in them at an early age while playing Little League-" You did good little Johnny, now go tell the other team good game" Hogwash Seamus, it's GO TIME!!! Let's get a coach in there who can start reconstruction on Wedd's Demolition Party..

Clickker 8 years, 8 months ago

"Wedd is coaching football like it was done before Freeman"


Freeman's teams were marked by having 11 men at the ball on Defense...they swarmed the ballcarriers and were very tough. What folks dont realize, is that he was also somewhat of an offenseve innovator. He primarily ran the football, but each year ran an offense that suited his talents, and didnt try to force his system on the team.

3up3down 8 years, 8 months ago

BINGO!!!!! Clickker. Fit the offense to the kids talent. We need a progressive and inovative coach willing to go out on the limb to change the stagnant waters at LHS.

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