Lawrence High football rolls to 37-7 road win over SM North

Lawrence High quarterback Truman Juelsgaard throws a pass against Olathe East during the second quarter on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 at Lawrence High School. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

The Lawrence High football team continued its strong defensive start to the season Friday night in a 37-7 road win over Shawnee Mission North.

LHS (2-0) held SM North to 121 yards of total offense — including just 3 through the air — and the Lions posted 315 yards of total offense, including 147 yards on the ground.

“I was proud of the kids,” Bowen said. “Nobody panicked, nobody was worried about anything. It was just ‘let’s keep our composure going to stay in line.'”

The stable ground effort from junior Brayden Heck led the Lions throughout the night. He finished the evening with 105 total rushing yards and two touchdowns.

“Brayden as a sophomore got a chance to start,” Bowen said. “He stepped in there, found some holes, made some nice runs. For a kid at his age and his experience in the first road game starting, he did a nice job of handling the ball.”

Early on, there was some chemistry between senior receiver Baylor Bowen and senior quarterback Truman Juelsgaard. Bowen caught a 22-yard pass from Juelsgaard on the first drive of the game. But later in the first quarter, Juelsgaard hurt his ankle and left the field, and sophomore QB Tyson Grammer briefly took over the LHS offense.

The Bison captured an early 7-0 lead behind their run-heavy offense, but it didn’t last long. LHS senior Avion Nelson’s 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown sparked the Lions’ offense late in the first quarter. And Juelsgaard re-entered the game on the Lions’ next drive, reconnecting with Bowen on two 20-plus-yard passes to set up another touchdown, this time a quick goal-line score from Heck.

Bowen grabbed another catch for a massive gain midway through the second quarter, putting the Lions in scoring position yet again. However, a fumble by Juelsgaard turned the ball back over to the Bison.

LHS headed into halftime with a 13-7 lead, supported by consistent defense and Heck’s rushing attack throughout the first half.

In the second half, penalties hurt SM North. A 15-yard penalty against the Bison put LHS in excellent field position for an early third-quarter scoring opportunity.

Heck found some space in North territory and took off for a 27-yard touchdown rush, giving LHS a comfortable 20-7 lead.

After that, the LHS defense stopped Shawnee Mission North from crossing midfield, capping off the drive with a pile-up sack led by senior Lance Bassett.

“That hit got all the energy and the defense got the crowd, which is a good feeling,” Bassett said. “Got everyone hyped up ready and excited about it for sure.”

Following the strong defensive stand, senior Kivryn Heck caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Juelsgaard, pushing the LHS lead to 27-7 with just 16 seconds left in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth quarter, Kivryn Heck would find the end zone again, hauling in another touchdown pass from Juelsgaard for 18 yards. His second score solidified LHS’ lead to 34-7.

Heck commented on Juelsgaard following the game, sharing his thoughts on their performance and relationship off the field.

“I love that guy,” Heck said. “We used to play football in elementary school. We’ve just always had a great bond and we’re glad to reunite. We all used to play with each other and just being back with everybody, it’s just awesome and feels great.”

The Heck brothers, Kivryn and Brayden, totaled 139 yards of offense.

Late in the fourth quarter, Grammer checked back in to close out the evening. He led LHS down the field and senior Grant Glasgow kicked a field goal, finishing off the Bison 37-7.

GAME STATS

LHS 6 7 14 10 – 37

SMN 7 0 0 0 – 7

HOW THEY SCORED:

1st Quarter:

1:22 – SMH touchdown: Duarte 7 run. Culp kick good. (LHS 0, SMN 7)

1:08 – LHS touchdown: Nelson 90 run. Glasgow kick no good. (LHS 6, SMN 7)

2nd Quarter:

8:05 – LHS touchdown: Heck 3 run. Glasgow kick good. (LHS 13, SMN7)

3rd Quarter:

7:49 – LHS touchdown: Heck 27 run. Glasgow kick good. (LHS 20, SMN 7)

0:16 – LHS touchdown: Juelsgaard 25 pass to K. Heck. Glasgow kick good. (LHS 27, SMH 7)

4th Quarter:

8:17 – LHS touchdown: Juelsgaard to K. Heck. Glasgow kick good. (LHS 34, SMN 7)

3:22 – LHS field goal: Glasgow 25-yard kick good. (LHS 37, SMN

LHS|SMN

First downs 22 | 5

Rushing yards 147 | 118

Passing yards 168 | 3

Total-offense 315 | 121

Fumbles-lost 1 | 1

Interceptions 0 | 0

Penalties-yards 10 | 60

Individuals Statistics:

Rushing:

LHS: Brayden Heck 22-105, Tony Jacobsen 5-38, Truman Juelsgaard 3-7, Tyson Grammer, 3-(-3)

SMNHS: Eric Duarte 17-68, Ben Cloud 1-11, Cotter Knowles 12-39

Passing:

LHS: Truman Juelsgaard 10-20, 158

SMNHS: Cotter Knowles 1-6, 3

Receiving:

LHS: Baylor Bowen 5-98, Sam Sedo 3-30, Kivryn Heck 2-34, Cole Watson 1-6

SMNHS: Nathan Doolin 1-3

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