Olathe North runs past Lawrence

By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 13, 2018 - 1:01 AM

With the playoffs looming just one week away, Olathe North improved its seeding with a 48-23 victory over Lawrence on Friday night.

The Eagles spoiled senior night for the Lions as the two headed monsters of Arland Bruce and Daymonn Sanchez carried North combining for six touchdowns.

“I’m proud of the way we competed tonight,” said Olathe North head coach Chris McCartney. “We made some mistakes in the first half but overall the kids played hard.”

Lawrence struck first as Tre Jackson connected with Chris McGee who snuck past the Eagles secondary for a wide-open TD as the Lions led 7-0 with 5:51 left in the opening frame.

Olathe North answered with 11:51 left in the half as Devin Stoker broke free on the left side for an 18-yard run. Stoker made two guys miss along with a broken tackle on the score for the Eagles to make it 7-7. North took its first lead of the night with 7:05 to play in the second quarter as Daymonn Sanchez found the end-zone from six-yards out as Olathe North led Lawrence 14-7.

The Lions trimmed the Eagle lead late in the second quarter as Jackson found McGee for their second score of the night. Lawrence missed the extra point giving Olathe North a 14-13 lead.

North quickly took the momentum back as Eagle quarterback Arland Bruce hit Stoker who broke a Lion tackle at the 20-yard line, breaking free for a TD. The strike was a 69-yard score as North led Lawrence 21-13 at the half.

Lawrence took the momentum right back after the break as Dre Bridges broke free for an 89-yard house call, as the Lions trailed 21-20.

At this point North tailback Sanchez took the game over. Sanchez scored four straight touchdowns coming off runs of 2,67,23 and 31-yards respectively to give North a 48-23 as Lawrence had no answer.

Olathe North (6-2) will finish the regular season on Friday night as it hosts Olathe Northwest for senior night. Lawrence (1-6) will face Free State in the annual “City Showdown”