WRITER: Shane Jackson

Preps notebook: Kaws remain loose ahead of rematch with Hayden in Class 3A semifinals

After suffering a concussion in the third quarter, Perry-Lecompton junior quarterback William Welch was listening intently from the locker room during a regular-season meeting with Hayden on Oct. 18. Once he heard the PA announcer say something about Hayden suffering its first district loss, Welch knew something special had happened. He ran out to the field at PLHS to celebrate with his teammates following a ...

KU's defense shows signs of improvement on 3rd down in OSU loss

Just a few weeks ago, KU’s defense had an alarming issue. The Jayhawks couldn’t get a stop on third down. Entering the final bye week of the season, Kansas ranked 129th out of 130 FBS teams in third-down defense. Opponents were converting 53% of the time against KU, which only led UTEP at the time. At least for one game, though, the Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) showed signs of improvement in a 31-13 loss to ...

Quick recap: KU suffers 31-13 loss in Les Miles' return to Oklahoma State

It was not a happy homecoming for Kansas head coach Les Miles. Miles’ return to the place where his head coaching career began 18 years ago didn’t go as planned. Kansas started slow once again, and was never able to recover in a 31-13 loss to No. 25 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State scored 31 unanswered points to begin the game en route to its third win in a row. ...

Area football roundup: Perry-Lecompton knocks off Prairie View in quarterfinals

Perry-Lecompton will continue its best postseason run in over a decade. PLHS advanced to the Class 3A semifinals with a 30-6 home win over Prairie View Friday night. It is the first time that the Kaws have made it this far in the playoffs since 2008, when the team fell in the state championship game. Prairie View, which was 10-0 entering the night, suffered its first loss of the season. The Buffaloes gave up a ...

Preps notebook: Tonganoxie football having best season in program history

Tonganoxie senior Cooper Cunningham realized that this season would be special back in early June. During a football camp at the University of Kansas, the Chieftains held their own against some quality programs. The two-day event featured a number of 6A and 5A teams, including squads that are still alive in the 2019 postseason. Cunningham, who was actually sidelined with an injury, saw enough from his team to ...

KU's defense must fix issues against mobile quarterbacks ahead of matchup with OSU

It was an interesting comment, and one that could ultimately explain a recent stretch by KU’s defense. Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson recorded 127 yards and three scores on the ground via 17 attempts during a 38-10 win over Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown two weeks ago. After the game, many Kansas players were asked what went wrong on the defensive side of the ball. “We weren’t necessarily ...

Preps notebook: FSHS football motivated by last year's playoff loss ahead of rematch with MHS

The scoreboard at Free State remained the same for the duration of the summer. Visitors 41, Home 19. It wasn’t until just before the season opener against Olathe West that the scoreboard was finally cleared. It served as a daily reminder of how the 2018 season ended for the Free State football team, an idea that actually came from first-year head coach Kevin Stewart. Well, that last part is not entirely ...

Free State football suffers another season-ending defeat to Manhattan

MANHATTAN — New year, same result. For the second season in a row, Manhattan High eliminated Free State in the 6A West playoffs in convincing fashion. MHS controlled the trenches on both sides of the ball in its 49-28 victory against FSHS Friday night at Bishop Stadium. “I thought we could have competed a little better tonight, especially in the first half,” FSHS coach Kevin Stewart said. “The second ...

Area football roundup: Perry-Lecompton pushes past Holton in Class 3A playoffs

Perry-Lecompton didn’t need a second-half comeback this week, which was the case in the opening round of the playoffs. The Kaws jumped out to an early lead in an eventual 35-21 win over Holton in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs on the road Friday night. PLHS scored 21 points in the first half, while holding Holton to just 6 points over the first two periods. It was a perfect combination of ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas falls to No. 4 Duke in Champions Classic

It only made sense that it came down to the final minutes. In the end, No. 4 Duke made enough plays down the stretch to secure a 68-66 win over No. 3 Kansas Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden during the first game of the 2019-20 season. The loss snapped the Jayhawks’ three-game win streak in the Champions Classic, which included a narrow victory over Duke on a game-winning shot by Frank Mason in ...

Preps notebook: Seniors responsible for impressive postseason run by FSHS boys soccer

When Hussam Mohammed took over the Free State boys soccer program this past summer, he had a meeting with the parents of the players. At the meeting, parents showed Mohammed plenty of photos of his soon-to-be senior class from when many of them played on the same club team eight years ago. That’s when Mohammed really knew he was in for a special first season as head coach of the Firebirds. “That chemistry ...

Quick recap: KU football falls flat in 38-10 loss to Kansas State

The head coaches for both teams were new. The crowd was a sellout at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2009. But the result was much of the same. Kansas State dominated in every aspect of the game on its way to a 38-10 victory over Kansas Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats have now won 11 consecutive games in the Sunflower Showdown, which matches their longest win streak in the history ...

LHS football advances to Round of 16 with 38-21 win over Washburn Rural

It was a simple response, but one that helped Lawrence High’s football team avoid a scare during a 38-21 win Friday night over Washburn Rural at LHS in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Lions never wavered after the Junior Blues pulled within 10 points late in the third quarter, which is a sign of a team that can win multiple games in November. Lawrence was given a brief scare after roughing the ...

Area football roundup: Perry-Lecompton surges past Wamego in opening round of Class 3A playoffs

Behind a huge second half, Perry-Lecompton earned a 38-21 win Friday night over Wamego. It marked the second year in a row that the Kaws have knocked the Red Raiders out in the postseason. After trailing by a 21-14 margin at halftime, PLHS scored 24 unanswered points to win the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs. Thad Metcalfe scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds left in the first half, which ...

Full Squad Ahead: KU rolls to 102-42 win over Pitt State

By the time Isaiah Moss drilled a 3-pointer at the 13:56 mark, the outcome had all but been decided. Just 82 seconds after checking in for his unofficial debut, Moss netted his first points as a Jayhawk thanks to the extra pass by freshman Christian Braun. The 3-pointer by Moss, a graduate transfer from Iowa, stretched KU’s lead over Pittsburg State to 18 points at the time. The Jayhawks eventually rolled to ...

Preps notebook: Lions still have huge expectations this postseason after losing regular-season finale

The Lawrence High football team is in unfamiliar territory, at least for this season. LHS is coming off a 31-30 loss to Free State in the regular-season finale, which marked the team’s lone defeat during what has been an impressive 2019 campaign. It was a result that caught the Lions (7-1, No. 4 in Class 6A) completely off guard. “We were shell-shocked Saturday that we lost, because we shouldn’t have ...

Kansas QB Carter Stanley performing well against different types of pressure

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/oct/26/330091/ There was a lot to like about Carter Stanley’s first touchdown strike in KU’s 37-34 win over Texas Tech last weekend. Stanley linked up with receiver Stephon Robinson for a 48-yard touchdown late in the first half to help pull the Jayhawks within a field goal. Robinson made a tough catch, and was off to the races after snagging the ball in ...

A look at notable numbers ahead of Sunflower Showdown

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/nov/10/327740/ It is no secret that this year’s Sunflower Showdown has a little bit more juice to it than previous years, and that’s a credit to how both teams have played as of late. Kansas (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) is coming off its first conference win under Les Miles, which was a 37-34 victory over Texas Tech. Meanwhile, Kansas State (5-2, 2-2) just upset then-No. 5 ...

Preps notebook: FSHS volleyball has 'unfinished business' for Class 6A state tournament

All in or all out. That has been the motto of the Free State volleyball team since the first day of summer workouts. It is a slogan that was introduced by head coach Jayme Savage when she took over the program after being the team's assistant coach for nine years. And it has helped define the Firebirds all year en route to their first state berth since 2016. “It is just a way to develop that athlete on the ...

'I was playing for him': Kansas defense steps up following Bryce Torneden's ejection

Kansas senior safety Mike Lee didn’t agree with the call, but there was no looking back after it happened. With 7:21 left in the first quarter, senior Bryce Torneden was ejected for targeting with his helmet while in punt coverage. The officials sent Torneden to the locker room after a lengthy review, ending his night early. Torneden could only watch, as Kansas eventually claimed a 37-34 win on a last-second ...