WRITER: Shane Jackson

KU football opens as double-digit underdog against Baylor

As expected, the Kansas football team is back to being a double-digit underdog. KU’s brief moment as a favorite, in which the team was favored by 6.5 points in the season opener, ended with a 38-23 home loss to Coastal Carolina in Week 1. Even if KU had won that game, however, it likely would have been a double-digit underdog this week and perhaps throughout its entire nine-game slate in Big 12 ...

'It was a test that we didn’t get to take': LHS football loses marquee matchup with Mill Valley

After three lopsided wins in as many weeks, Lawrence High’s football team (No. 1 in Class 6A) was looking forward to a marquee matchup with Mill Valley (No. 1 in Class 5A) at LHS on Friday. It figured to be an important test for a team with state championship aspirations this season. But that showdown was ultimately canceled after an LHS player tested positive for COVID-19, Athletic Director Nick Wood told ...

Lawrence's football game against Mill Valley canceled after LHS player tests positive for COVID-19

A highly anticipated showdown between a pair of top-ranked teams will not go on. According to LHS Athletic Director Nick Wood, this week's matchup between Lawrence High (No. 1 in Class 6A) and Mill Valley (No. 1 in Class 5A) has been canceled after a Lawrence player tested positive for COVID-19. A news release provided by the Lawrence school district over the weekend indicated that the unnamed player did not ...

Preps notebook: Perry-Lecompton remains unbeaten after defeating Holton in ranked matchup

In a battle between a pair of top-three teams, Perry-Lecompton (No. 2 in Class 3A) came away with much-deserved bragging rights after a 28-14 road win over Holton (No. 3 in Class 3A) on Friday. The Kaws, who are coming off a runner-up finish last season, are now 3-0 to start the year. Both teams traded punches in the first half, with Perry-Lecompton scoring in the opening quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by ...

Defensive notes from KU football vs. Coastal Carolina in Week 1

Given the roster turnover for the 2020 unit, along with the lack of practices in the spring due to the pandemic, some growing pains for KU’s defense should have been expected. The final result for the season opener would indicate that, too, as Kansas fell at home to Coastal Carolina for the second year in a row with a 38-23 defeat. But the second half did feature some noticeable adjustments by the Jayhawks on ...

Shorthanded Firebirds suffer 35-9 loss to Olathe North

It would have been a difficult matchup even under the best of circumstances, but a shorthanded Free State football team ultimately didn’t have enough firepower in a 35-9 loss to Olathe North Friday night at FSHS, falling to 0-2 in the first three weeks of the season. The Firebirds were still missing more than 30 players and one coach, all of whom were finishing up quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test ...

Preps notebook: Senior receivers have been key in 2-0 start by LHS football

Lawrence High senior receiver John Green was initially planning on going out of bounds. His entire team thought he was going out of bounds. Even Washburn Rural probably expected him to get out of play. Yet, in the final minute of the first half of Lawrence’s convincing 56-7 win last week, Green surprised everyone by turning upfield after catching an out route near the LHS sideline. He was off to the races ...

Film room: A closer look at KU's struggles at o-line against Coastal Carolina

By now, you have probably seen the clip on social media. Just before a crucial fourth down attempt of KU’s 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina, senior left tackle Malik Clark needed a moment to vomit on the turf at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium before eventually getting in his stance in time for the snap. The play was successful. Miles Kendrick delivered a 14-yard touchdown strike to Andrew Parchment to end ...

Preps notebook: FSHS volleyball earns road sweep in triangular with league foes

Free State’s volleyball team clawed its way back to .500 for the first time all season with a much-needed road sweep at the Shawnee Mission North triangular on Tuesday. The Firebirds, who are now 4-4 on the year after losing their first four matches of the season, secured a pair of 2-0 victories over Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission West. FSHS recorded a 26-24, 25-20 win over Shawnee Mission North ...

A look at KU's personnel usage in opener against Coastal

Although Brent Dearmon took over as the Kansas offensive coordinator midway through last year, there was certainly a level of intrigue entering the 2020 season opener against Coastal Carolina. Many were interested to see what KU’s offense would look like when Dearmon had a whole offseason to implement his playbook. The result — a 38-23 home loss to CCU — was not what KU fans wanted to see or expected, ...

Five noteworthy numbers from KU's Week 1 defeat against Coastal

Kansas was knocked off by Coastal Carolina for the second year in a row, as an early deficit proved to be too much to overcome in a 38-23 loss Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. It was a game that eventually ended early Sunday morning, so there wasn’t much time for figuring out what exactly went wrong. But now it is time to fully dissect how the Jayhawks, who were nearly a touchdown ...

Preps notebook: Tonganoxie, Perry-Lecompton football both stay undefeated in Week 2

Area football teams Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton remain undefeated following wins in Week 2 of the 2020 season. THS — which is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A — jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half in an eventual 24-14 home victory over Louisburg on Friday. Perry-Lecompton (No. 2 in Class 3A) cruised past Hiawatha for a 47-7 home win, which included a 27-point outburst in the opening ...

How KU's defensive line performs against Coastal Carolina's o-line could decide outcome in opener

There should be intriguing matchups across the board in KU’s season opener against Coastal Carolina, which is slated for a 9 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. But let’s turn our focus to the trenches for the purpose of this blog. Specifically, I want to take a closer look at how the Kansas defensive line matches up with Coastal Carolina’s offensive line. And why it might ...

Pick your poison: LHS football overwhelms Washburn Rural in 56-7 win

It is basically “pick your poison” when trying to come up with a game plan to slow down Lawrence High’s offense. Four different players recorded a carry, and six LHS players netted a reception while the team raced out to a 35-0 lead against Washburn Rural in the first half. Even more players got involved for the Lions in the second half in their eventual 56-7 win over the Junior Blues Friday night at ...

True freshman CB Karon Prunty expected to make immediate impact for KU football

It didn’t take long for Robert Jackson to realize that KU freshman cornerback Karon Prunty had a bright future. Jackson was only Prunty’s head coach for one season at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. Jackson took over the program in the offseason, and only needed to see Prunty in a few drills to fully understand his potential. “I knew right away that he was special,” Jackson told the ...

Preps notebook: Top-ranked Lions focused on what they can control during strange season

Lawrence High head coach Steve Rampy has never been one to let his team worry too much about the opponent. He believes that all his players can really do is focus on what they can control on their end. And that message certainly has even more truth to it during a wild 2020 season that has already featured so many different schedule changes. “I think that approach helps us through this,” Rampy said. “All ...

Free State boys soccer earns hard-fought 2-1 win over Lawrence High in City Showdown

Free State’s Ben Barnett didn’t want to let go of the ball after safely corralling Mason Anderson’s final attempt just as the clock expired. A celebration by FSHS ensued following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lawrence High at LHS on Thursday. While players were hugging each other in celebration, Barnett slowly made his way away from the net with the soccer ball firmly in his grasp. The sophomore goalkeeper ...

Five noteworthy numbers from Coastal Carolina's 2019 season

After an offseason that felt like it lasted like six years, it is officially game week for the Kansas football program. KU obviously didn’t wait until now to start preparing for Coastal Carolina, as you can bet that Les Miles’ staff has done their due diligence ahead of the rematch following last year’s 12-7 defeat. So that’s exactly what we are going to do to get a better understanding of the ...

Preps notebook: LHS, FSHS boys soccer set to face off in early city showdown

Thursday’s boys soccer city showdown is slated to take place earlier in the year compared to previous seasons, and there is a lot less on the line than there was the last time these two teams met. Lawrence High, which has raced off to a 3-0 start, will be looking to prove something when it plays host to Free State at 6:30 p.m. at LHS. The Firebirds eliminated the Lions in the 2019 regional championship, a ...

Coastal Carolina preparing for a different KU offense this time around

Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell knows his offense is going to have to be better if his team wants to knock off Kansas for the second year in a row. The Chanticleers needed just two scores in a 12-7 win at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium a season ago, marking their first-ever victory against a Power Five program. But Chadwell already knows that won’t cut it in the 2020 season opener, which is a ...