Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 10/23

Jim Bradford

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 23, 2015 - 5:44 AM



It’s pretty amazing to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the best running backs to ever play football for Lawrence High School.

Even more amazing to be able to stand alone atop a list of running backs that have played for a program that has been synonymous with running the ball for, well, as long as most of us have been alive or can even remember.

When JD Woods took his final hand off last Thursday night against Olathe Northwest and blasted through the line for a 38-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, Woods became the all-time leading rusher in Lawrence history.

Not bad for a program that has seen the likes of Michael Cosey, Thomas Daniels and Brandon McAnderson — just to name a few, a very few — run the ball out of the backfield.

With 3,289 yards in his stellar career at Lawrence, he is sure to pad that total over the course of the next few weeks and maybe more.

And that is what is really important to Woods, not the record. He’s concerned with playing as long as he can, and that means playing deep into November, something the Lions haven’t done in a quite a while. It seems like so long ago that Lawrence was making it to 10-straight Class 6A state title games form 1986-1995.

They haven’t been back since their last title in 1995, but this year’s version of the Lions might have its best chance since the glory day.

“It we don’t finish things and get a state title, it’s just a number,” Woods said after the game. “It’s an accomplishment, but the goal is a state title.”

That number is sure to climb this year for Woods. Already averaging just a shade under 200 yards a game, and with as many as six more games left in his career, that career total is sure to shoot past 4,000 and might even push 4,500 yards.

It takes a special type of player to rise to the top of such a huge heap of talented running backs and Woods is that type of special back.

The kind that doesn’t come along very often.

The kind that is nearly impossible to stop because, after all, no one has really figured out a way to do that just yet.