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Lions’ offense disappears in loss to Raiders

Lawrence High’s Tyrae Jenkins stiff-arms a Shawnee Mission South defender. LHS lost, 28-7, Thursday at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium.

Lawrence High’s Tyrae Jenkins stiff-arms a Shawnee Mission South defender. LHS lost, 28-7, Thursday at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium.

September 11, 2009


LHS football falls to 0-2

Lawrence High football slipped for the second straight week. Enlarge video

Nobody named Houdini was wearing a Shawnee Mission South football uniform, yet Lawrence High’s offense virtually disappeared.

The Raiders shut the Lions down in the last three quarters and posted a 28-7 victory Thursday night at SM South District Stadium.

In the first quarter, the Lions accumulated 103 yards, six first downs and a touchdown to snatch a 7-0 lead. But in the last three quarters, Lawrence managed just 27 yards, two first downs and didn’t come close to scoring.

Where did the offense go?

“We’re pretty limited in what we can do,” Lawrence coach Dirk Wedd said. “We can do two or three things well, and when they take those away, we struggle.”

Specifically, SM South shut down the up-the-middle bursts by fullback Darrin Sorem and off-tackle slants by Tyrae Jenkins.

On the Lions’ first play, Sorem blasted up the middle on a 34-yard run. Later, during the Lions’ second-possession scoring drive, Sorem contributed a 21-yard gallop. Those would be, however, the Lions’ longest gainers of the night.

Sorem, a junior who also plays linebacker, wound up as the Lions’ leading rusher with 58 yards on just five carries. Jenkins, who ran for 171 yards on 16 carries in last week’s season-opening 17-14 loss to SM North, carried 15 times Thursday night, but gained only 50 yards.

“We probably didn’t block correctly on any play during the second half,” Wedd said, “and that’s my fault. We’ll get that straightened out.”

While the Lions were dominating the first quarter, the Raiders made only one first down. They punted on their first two possessions. However, the third time SM South had the ball, the Raiders mounted a time-consuming 77-yard, 13-play drive to forge a 7-7 halftime deadlock.

“They wore us down,” Wedd said. “We have to keep our defense off the field.”

Mostly, SM South just pounded the ball right at the Lions’ defenders.

“We were getting tired, I guess,” Sorem said. “We just need to run more in practice. We’ve got to get better and play two halves.”

The Raiders blew it open after the break, thanks to a pair of gift touchdowns.

Quarterback Chris Gaston mishandled a center snap deep in the Lions’ territory, and the Raiders recovered at the 13. On the next play, quarterback Grant Hilton rambled into the end zone.

The next time the Lions had the ball, they were on their own 35 facing a fourth-and-one situation. Wedd called time and opted to go for it to try to regain some momentum — a tactic that had worked in the first quarter when Gaston scrambled for a first down.

But this time, Jenkins was stuffed for a yard loss, and the Raiders took over on the Lions’ 34, scoring eight plays later on another Hilton run — one of his three TDs — for a 21-7 lead.

“That fumble and not picking it up on fourth down hurt,” Wedd said.

Off to an 0-2 start against two teams expected to finish in the Sunflower League’s second division, the Lions’ task won’t become any easier Friday when they play host to perennially strong SM Northwest.

“We’ll come back and put this behind us,” said Gaston, who played QB the first three quarters before giving way to Chase Billings.

Added Sorem: “Every loss is a setback, but, like Chris said, we have to put this behind us.”

Still, it was clear the Lions have little margin for error.

“We have to play A-letter perfect in order to compete,” Wedd said.


thebigspoon 8 years, 8 months ago

Imagine that a Dirk Wedd offense that can't move the ball.Why not just go to a 5 wide receiver spread and play "sandlot ball" ? Everybody just get open. It surely couldn't be any worse. When will he ever learn that he can't run his Dad's South Junior High offense from the 1970's in the 21st century at the 6a level.

3up3down 8 years, 8 months ago

Doormat of the conference until Wedd is gone.

cabinetholder 8 years, 8 months ago

got to get rid of Commons before anything else can progress

lionsrock 8 years, 8 months ago

I agree, Commons needs to go, we need someone who will promote the school.

kujayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

LHS football needs to get with the times. Wedd is still stuck in the 60's.

gogoplata 8 years, 8 months ago

What would it take to get the guy from Hutch?

hail2oldku 8 years, 8 months ago

"gogoplata (Anonymous) says… What would it take to get the guy from Hutch? "

There isn't enough money to get him to move up here. He's a fixture in Hutch just like Freeman was in Lawrence.

BTW did any of you watch Hutch dismantle Rockhurst on MetroSports last week? They had Z E R O passing yards in that victory. If the plays looked familiar, it's because it was the same frickin' offense that Lawrence High ran forever. It's also similar to what Dirk is trying to run now. I'll grant you that coaching can go a long way towards the success of a team, but Lawrence kids are soft right now, at both high schools. That's got to change before there will be long term success again.

cato_the_elder 8 years, 8 months ago

Hail2oldku - Hail to you for posting the first accurate comment on this thread.

erina1323 8 years, 8 months ago

I have watch the last two weeks at Lawrence High and I think the coaching staff has done a phenomial job with the talentless players that they have. The parents of the kids on this team must be kidding themselves if they think their child is a "good" football player.

dirtyboss01 8 years, 8 months ago

wedd just flat out horrible. enough said..they need to get rid of him before it turns worse. i know for a fact that this years sophmore class has the ability to win state when they are seniors and if they fail to win, all the blame rests on that worthless coach of theirs.

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