Lawrence outlasts SM North

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 7, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Lawrence visited Shawnee Mission North Thursday and the teams nearly burned out the scoreboard putting up 100 points combined. In the end the Indians couldn't slow the Lions and fell 69-31.

After a return to midfield, things got started fast as Lawrence scored just four plays into the game. Dante Jackson found fellow senior Jalen Dudley in the flat and Dudley did the rest breaking multiple tackles before scoring 24 yards later. 

“We got a lot of speed,” Lawrence head coach Dirk Wedd said, “Jackson, [Ekow Boye-Doe] and Jalen are unbelievable and [Angel Garcia] was running the ball hard between the tackles so there are a lot of weapons out there.”

North wasn’t daunted. The Indians put their own drive together and quickly moved the ball down field. They stalled and had to settle for a field goal. 

Jackson and Dudley hooked up again on the ensuing Lawrence drive. This time the duo combined for an 11 yard touchdown extending the Lions lead to 14-3.

After the Lawrence held on fourth down deep in their territory, Jackson expertly lead his offense down the field. This time capping things off himself with an eight yard run. 

“I didn’t even know our offense was going to be this good,” Jackson said. “It feels like we can score anytime we want.” 

At 21-3 it looked like the game was over. The Indians wouldn’t quit. After a methodical drive found North on the six yard line, senior quarterback Dustin McKessor rolled out and lofted a pass toward the goal line as he was being hit. Noah Laird hauled in the pass at the goal line making the score 21-10. 

Three unanswered Lawrence touchdowns looked to put things out of reach at 41-10 with 1:20 left in the half. Then Shawnee Mission North offense came alive. McKessor found Nate McCoy on a beautiful 24 yard pass down the right side. After forcing a fumble on the kick off, the Indians took over on the 22 yard line. Only 19 second later McKessor found McCoy again this time for 11 yards. The teams went into halftime 41-24.

“The offense was improved over last week,” Shawnee Mission head coach Ben Bartlett said. “We are making gains and the scoreboard doesn't tell the whole story.”

After halftime, Lawrence held the Indians on their opening drive. Jackson continued his dominance with a 37 yard touchdown run weaving through the Indians’ defense. 

“I thought biggest possession was after halftime,” Wedd said. “That was huge for us. It was a tennis match for a while there.”

North would try to hang in there scoring on their next drive, but Lawrence was simply too much. Lawrence would have a kick off return and a fumble return for a touchdown along with yet another touchdown from Jackson. 

“We have some sophomores and juniors stepping up and learning how to play football,” Bartlett said. “If we can continue to fight like that and improve we are going to be alright.” 


Shawnee Mission North travel to Lansing Friday, September 15, and Lawrence welcomes Lee’s Summit West.