By RICK PETERSON
Junior running back Allen Baughman turned in a career-best performance to lead the way as Shawnee Heights picked up its first win of the season Friday night at Wetter Field, with the T-Birds rolling to a 46-23 United Kansas Conference win over Lansing.
Baughman, a 5-foot-8, 180-pounder, carried the ball 22 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns for the T-Birds, who evened their record at 1-1 overall and in the UKC.
Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman (5) finds a huge hole to run through against Lansing Friday night. Baughman rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns in the T-Birds' 46-23 UKC win. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]
Shawnee Heights, which finished with 343 total offensive yards, got a pair of field goals from senior Carson Christian.
Shawnee Heights senior Jaye Jones makes a diving interception in the T-Birds' 46-23 UKC win over Lansing Friday night. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]
Shawnee Heights junior Alex Dittman is mobbed by his teammates after scoring a defensive touchdown in the T-Birds' 46-23 UKC win over Lansing. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]
The T-Birds also turned in a solid performance on defense, including interceptions from senior Jaye Jones and juniors Alex Dittman and Jayden Moore, who also forced a fumble.
Senior Sean Wunder was in on eight tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss, while senior Ben Penrod was also in on eight stops and junior Christian Gonzales six. Junior Taylen LeClere-Bryant recovered a fumble for the T-Birdss.
Shawnee Heights will travel to Seaman next Friday, with the city rivals meeting for the first time as UKC members.
WASHBURN RURAL 28, DE SOTO 21 --Washburn Rural rallied from behind for the second straight game, improving to 2-0 with a 28-21 road win at De Soto.
Rural junior quarterback Branton DeWeese threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns on a 15 of 31 performance while senior Ma'Kenttis Adams rushed for 150 yards on 26 carries.
Junior Titan Osburn had three catches for 97 yards and a pair of touchowns while senior Lukas Hanks caught five passes for 49 yards and a touchdown and senior Amr Sabbarini had four grabs for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, senior linebacker Ty Weber was in on a whopping 24 tackles while junior JC Heim blocked a punt and senior Wyatt Conklin recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Washburn Rural will play its home-opener next Friday against Piper.