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Area football roundup: Baldwin leans on ground game to beat Eudora

BALDWIN – With well over 200 all-purpose yards, 192 offensively and a great performance as the Bulldogs punter, it was Baldwin’s Connor Quick that commanded the Bulldogs to a 28-6 homecoming win Friday night against Eudora. Both teams ran the ball, then ran the ball, and ran the ball ...

Free State overcomes mistakes in 35-14 win

It wasn’t as quick as usual, but Free State’s football team was able to take care of business for the fourth consecutive week. After being a tied through two quarters, the Firebirds scored four times in the second half to claim a 35-14 victory over Shawnee Mission West Friday at FSHS. ...

Tom Keegan: KU football better prepared for Baylor this time

Waco, Texas — Embracing the safe, logical path of predicting the favorite to defeat the visitor in Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff at McLane Stadium easily can be defended. For one thing, one of the loudest unwritten rules of predicting sporting contests advises to never pick against a long ...

Game day breakdown: KU football at Baylor

— Kansas (2-1) at Baylor (2-1) • 2:30 p.m. kickoff at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas • Game-time forecast: 79 degrees, cloudy, 47 percent chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 1 • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage team ...

Friday forecasts for Saturday college football games

Since sports gambling eventually will make its way to Kansas, I’m going to try my hand and picking three college football games vs. the spread for the rest of the Fridays throughout the season. I’ll track my record to see whether I should make actual wagers once gambling comes to ...

Strong defensive performance lifts LHS to 1st win

Moments after Lawrence High notched its first victory of the season, the team gathered around midfield. Senior linebacker Caleb Mondi handed the game ball to head coach Steve Rampy, congratulating him on his first win with LHS. The Lions then swarmed their coach to celebrate the 21-6 victory ...

Preps notebook: Jake Zenger enjoying senior year at FSHS

Free State senior Jake Zenger couldn’t remember much in the moments following his first career touchdown catch. Junior quarterback Malik Berry connected with Zenger on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Free State’s 62-0 route of Shawnee Mission North. After that, it was all ...

Former FSHS standouts continue to lead KU defense

The names broadcast over the public address system for tackles in Kansas' 55-14 Saturday win over Rutgers had a familiar ring with Lawrence residents. After three weeks, a trio of former Free State players have become the Jayhawks' go-to line of defense. Joe Dineen Jr., Bryce Torneden and ...

Pooka Williams rated 3rd-best true freshman in FBS

Pooka Williams’ skills aren’t only dropping jaws around Lawrence. The freshman’s open-field speed, power, vision and agility, which have played a central role in consecutive victories for the Kansas football team, also are drawing the attention of college football evaluators ...

Can KU football lay another streak to rest?

No, the Kansas football team’s three-week nonconference schedule as a whole didn’t play out perfectly. But the Jayhawks’ victories over Central Michigan and Rutgers have allowed them to enter Big 12 play at Baylor on Saturday in a more ideal head space than seemed possible after their ...

Quick start key for Kansas in Waco

Kansas scored its first back-to-back football victories since the first two games of the 2011 season by drawing first blood, taking big leads and forcing poor passing teams to try to play catch-up with an air attack. The Jayhawks took a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter at Central ...

LHS senior Eric Galbreath continues to display improvement

It’s not hard to spot Lawrence High senior Eric Galbreath Jr. on the football field. The 6-foot-7, 213-pound defensive end has towered over every offensive line he’s faced during his final season. Galbreath has been vital in slowing down opposing run games for the Lions, who have started ...

Defensive takeaways fueling KU football’s confidence

Not long after the Kansas football team’s defense spent its second straight Saturday repeatedly heisting the ball from a nonconference opponent, someone asked redshirt senior Daniel Wise what’s different about the group this season. The stalwart defensive tackle and captain began his ...

Tom Keegan: Pooka as flexbone QB?

Counting sacks as negative rushing yards qualifies as one of the sillier statistical practices of college football. So, for the purpose of this exercise, let’s count sack yardage against the Kansas passing game, not against the rushing numbers. Given that adaptation, KU is averaging 5.57 ...

Improved Kansas secondary faces difficult test vs. Baylor receivers

The Kansas secondary played exceptionally well during the nonconference portion of the schedule. The Jayhawks have allowed 5.1 yards per pass attempt, a figure that ranks them 11th nationally. They have allowed one touchdown pass and have seven interceptions, three returned for ...

KU volleyball defeats Drake to wrap up nonconference play

Darrin McBroom, coach of the Drake Bulldogs, kept pacing himself late in the fourth set. Kansas had just snapped a three-point run at set point, claiming a fourth-set win and the match to deal the Bulldogs their second straight loss. Confused about the point going to the Jayhawks, the ...

Preps notebook: Henry Nelson dashing past competition this fall

For as long as he can remember, Bishop Seabury junior Henry Nelson hasn’t been able to slow down. That has been evident during his time with the Seahawks over the last two-plus years. Nelson runs for both the cross-country team and track squad. Nelson also played soccer and basketball during ...