LHS remains winless following loss to Gardner Edgerton
photo by: Carter Gaskins
Lawrence High senior punter Ross Brungardt made a perfect play on the opening drive.
After the LHS offense stalled out, Brungardt pinned the opposition on the 6-yard line with a tremendous punt. Yet Gardner Edgerton proceeded to march down the field on nine runs during a nine-play drive to take an early advantage on the team’s first possession.
The Trailblazers ran all over the Lions’ defense the rest of the night during a 33-13 victory Friday at LHS.
“We just couldn’t stop the ball,” LHS head coach Steve Rampy said. “It was just them being more physical than us on both sides of the line.”
But LHS (0-3) showed noticeable improvements, even if the score didn’t reflect it.
Sophomore quarterback Tre’ Jackson got his first career start under center, and the offense demonstrated the ability to move the ball. Jackson, who is the younger brother of former LHS quarterback Dante’ Jackson, opened the game with a solid run before hitting junior Austin Hollins via a 25-yard connection on the very next play.
Lawrence’s offense ultimately stalled out on the first drive, and Gardner Edgerton never looked back following its 96-yard drive, which was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from senior Jacob Hunsperger.
“They won that game in the squat rack,” Rampy said. “We are going to get there. We have to get guys that look like them.”
The Trailblazers, who operated from a Split-T formation, utilized a variety of options to accumulate 350 rushing yards in the win.
Hunsperger, the team’s fullback, scored the first touchdown and finished with 92 yards on 16 carries. Senior Luke Jennings notched a 34-yard touchdown run on the team’s second offensive drive. Jennings paced the team with 151 yards on 17 carries.
Meanwhile, Gardner Edgerton junior quarterback Teven McKelvey ran it from 11 yards out on the third offensive drive. McKelvey actually caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior Tyler Goetzmann, giving the Trailblazers a 26-0 advantage at the intermission.
“They are a four-headed monster and they have been that way for three games,” Rampy said.
Lawrence slowed down Gardner Edgerton’s ground game in the second half, though it didn’t change the outcome.
Senior linebacker Marquis Jones notched the first turnover for the LHS defense, recovering a fumble. Senior linebacker Caleb Mondi was in on multiple stops along with sophomore linebacker Cole Mondi. Sophomore defensive back Kallun Chitama, who made multiple touchdown-saving tackles, tallied a 31-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the contest.
In addition, following a blocked punt in the third quarter, the Lions recorded their first passing touchdown of the season just one play later. Jackson hit junior receiver Chris McGee for a 11-yard touchdown pass on a jump ball in the endzone.
“Tre’ did a really good job,” Rampy said. “He made some nice things happen. He’s explosive. His mistakes were nothing more than him being a sophomore, but he also made some great plays.”
Lawrence travels to Olathe Northwest (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
GARDNER EDGERTON 33, LAWRENCE 13
GE | LHS
First downs 18 | 8
Rushes-yards 58-350 | 19-22
Passing yards 142 | 127
Total offense 477 | 164
Fumbles-lost 3-2 | 1-1
Interceptions 0 | 1
Penalties-yards 0-0 | 4-25
Score by quarters
Gardner 14 12 7 0 — 33
Lawrence 0 0 6 7 — 13
GE: Teven McKelvey 10-42, Luke Hennings 17-151, Jacob Hunsperger 16-92, Anthony Rodriguez 8-32, Jacob Butash 5-29, Trenton Bryan 2-4.
LHS: Devin Neal 8-10 Tre’ Jackson 11-12.
GE: Tevan McKelvey 3-3-100; Tyler Goetzmann 1-1-27
LHS: Tre Jackson 12-21-142
GE: Luke Jennings 2-50, Teven McKelvey 1-27, Brody Marshall 1-49
LHS: Chris McGee 3-54, Chris Mumford 3-43, Bryson Cummins 3-19, Austin Hollins 2-21, Nick Ray 1-5
HOW THEY SCORED
5:11 — Jacob Hunsperger 3 run. Caleb Calvin kick good. (GE 7, LHS 0)
35.6 — Luke Jennings 34 run. Calvin kick good. (GE 14, LHS 0)
11:16 — Teven McKelvey 11 run. Kick blocked. (GE 20, LHS 0)
27.3 — McKelvey 27 pass from Tyler Goetzmann. Kick blocked (GE 26, LHS 0)
2:15 — Chris McGee 11 pass from Tre’ Jackson. Kick no good. (GE 26, LHS 6)
0:00 — 15 run by Hunsperger. Calvin kick good. (GE 33, LHS 6)
3:39 — Kallun Chitama 31 fumble return. Ross Brungardt kick good. (GE 33, LHS 13)