Lawrence rolls past SM Northwest

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 11:03 PM



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Lawrence departed the team buses and took the field fully prepared for the challenge that awaited them from Shawnee Mission Northwest on Thursday night at Shawnee Mission North Stadium.

The Lions erased any doubt in the early going as they improved to 4-0 (3-0 in the Sunflower League) with a 41-6 win over the Northwest Cougars.

Lawrence received the opening kick and marched downed the field for a score.

On 3rd-and-6, senior running back JD Woods blasted through the Cougars' defense for the 7-yard TD and it was 7-0.

Lawrence made it a 14-point lead just seven seconds into the second quarter on a scoring strike from Alan Clothier to Dante Jackson for 17 yards.

The Lions kept it rolling with special teams.                 

Amani Bledsoe came up with the blocked punt which Erik Shackelford scooped up and ran in for six. The PAT made it 21-0 with 9:04 to play in the half.

Northwest was able to get on the board when Cougar QB Ron Kopp unleashed a 65-yard bomb just seconds later (8:51), however the Lions responded quickly.

Clothier threw his second TD pass, this one to Price Morgan, less than one minute later and it was 28-6.

"They (SMNW) are a good offensive team, but we did a good job upfront and have some really good skill guys," Lions head coach Dirk Wedd said. "This game scared the heck of out of me coming off a big rivalry game with Free State and then you play a game on a Thursday. You never know how the kids are going to react to that, but we came out and did the necessary things. Alan  (Clothier) threw the ball really well and that's a weapon we are getting better at. Overall it was a good game."

Just as they did in the first half, Lawrence turned their first drive of the second half into points. A 68-yard drive was capped by a 1-yard scoring plunge by Woods to make it 35-6 with 6:09 left in the third.

The Lions added one more score at the 2:25 mark of the third quarter on a 20-yard run from junior James Reeder making it a 35-point game.

The Lions welcome Shawnee Mission South to Lawrence next week, while the Cougars (1-3, 1-2) are at Olathe East for another Thursday night contest.