Lawrence rolls past Olathe Northwest

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 16, 2015 - 10:21 PM

There have been plenty of running backs take handoffs out of the backfield at Lawrence High School.

None have done it better than JD Woods. Well, none have gained more yardage than the senior running back.

Woods rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns and eclipsed Michael Cosey’s all-time record of 3,281 career yards in a 35-7 win over Olathe Northwest Thursday night at the College Boulevard Activity Center.

The win moves he top team in Class 6A to 7-0 on the season and drops the upstart Ravens to 5-2.

Getting the all-time mark is nice for Woods, but he doesn’t have time to dwell on it right now. There’s some unfinished business for him and his Lion teammates to take care of.

“It’s a nice accomplishment to have the record, but that’s just it,” he said. “There’s some work left to do. If we don’t get out there and win a state championship it doesn’t mean a whole lot.”

The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all night for Lawrence. They helped open up the holes that sprung Woods and quarterback Alan Clothier, who finished with 118 yards of his own.

“All the credit goes to the offensive line,” Woods said. “They came out ad blocked so well. They do it every night. We get in the huddle and they say, “JD, we got you.’”

One thing that Woods was most proud of on the night was keeping the rushing record in the family.

“Yeah, Michael is my cousin,” he said with a smile.

Woods now has 1,512 yards on the ground this season and has had some good luck against the Ravens. He rushed for a Lions’ single-game record 296 yards against Northwest last year.

The game was got out of hand early on the scoreboard with Lawrence taking a 28-0 early in the second half, but it was far from pretty for Lawrence.

The Lions fumbled the ball four times and lost all four.

“We need to clean up a lot of stuff out there,” Lawrence head coach Dirk Wedd said. “WE haven’t turned the ball over much all year, maybe just two or three times. I’m not sure where that came from

“We still have a long way to go and we will get there, but we have some things to work on before next Friday when we play a very good Olathe North team.”

After going up 21-0 at the half, Lawrence extended the lead to 28-0 on Woods’ third touchdown run of the night, this one from 62 yards out.

Northwest then turned one of the Lawrence fumbles into their lone touchdown on an Easton Crupper to Elijah Roland 60-yard touchdown pass.

Woods capped the scoring with his fourth touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a 34-yard scoring run.

The Ravens kept it close in the first quarter, pouncing on a couple of Lawrence fumbles in the Ravens end with the Lions threatening to score. The first coming at their own 16 and the second at the 34.

The second turnover tuned into the Ravens best chance to get on the board in the first half. They marched down into the Lions end before their drive stalled. Trailing just 7-0, the Ravens missed on a 35-yard field goal.

Just a couple of minutes later, the Lions doubled their lead on a 61-yard touchdown run by Woods.

The Lions added their third score of the first half when Alan Clothier rolled out to the right and then scrambled back across the grain and in for the score for 22 yards out. Both Clothier and Woods were over 100 yards rushing in the first half.

The Lions took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Woods went in from one yard out on the Lions first drive of the game. The touchdown — Woods’ 23rd of the year — capped a 12-play, 60-yard drive that ate up nearly half of the first quarter clock.