What Steve Said: Steve Bubalo 11/7

By Steve Bubalo PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 8, 2018 - 12:08 AM



One of the best things about covering high school sports is watching a team do something no other team in that programs history has ever done before.

That’s just one of the reasons it’s been fun to watch Lee’s Summit North this season. Aside from the fact that the Broncos are one of the more exciting teams in the area to watch play every Friday night, this team is making program history. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the sideline for two such games.

First, it was a thrilling 28-27 win over Blue Springs, the first time the Broncos had defeated the Wildcats. Next came the school’s first-ever football conference championship, an honor they earned on the final night of the regular season with a win over Blue Springs South.

The most recent first came last Friday night in what might have been the most impressive Bronco victory of the season, a 42-7 drubbing of Liberty team that not only was coming off victories over Park Hill and Staley but had also beaten North earlier in the season 39-35. The win put the Broncos into the district championship game for the first time with a shot to advance to the Class 6 state semifinals also the line.

What I love the most is that head coach Jamar Mozee is embracing every ounce of history his team is making. He doesn’t shy away from talking about it.

“I see to it,” Mozee said. “I’m a big history guy.”

To make even more history this Friday night, the Broncos will have to take down one of the more storied programs in the state of Missouri - Rockhurst.

Both teams come in with a record of 9-2 and pretty similar styles. I expect this to be a very physical game, with both teams leaning on their running game to try and control the tempo. Running back Michael Johnson carries a bulk of the load for the Hawklet offense, while the Broncos employ a three-headed - and potentially four-headed - monster out of the backfield in Keyon Mozee, Ontario Russell and John Eldridge.

The x-factor might be the health of Bronco quarterback Christian Carter. He has been sidelined the past couple of weeks with an injury but may return to game action this week. Carter would be another dynamic weapon the Hawklet defense would need to worry about.

While both offenses have firepower, you can’t overlook what each defense has done this season. Rockhurst has been one of the most consistent defenses the entire season, allowing more than 14 points on just two occasions. In their nine victories the defense has allowed just 59 points. That’s where it all starts for Rockhurst.

What I wasn’t expecting last Friday was the force-of-nature that was the Bronco defense.

Ever since its loss to Liberty in Week 5, the Lee’s Summit North defense has allowed less than 10 points per game during a six-game win streak. They completely shut down a potent Liberty passing attack thanks in large part to lineman Dubem Okonkwo and linebacker Lane Overton. Those two were all over the field, and they’ll need a repeat performance to beat Rockhurst.

The Hawklets ended North’s season in 2017, a 7-0 victory. The Broncos definitely haven’t forgotten that loss, as they talked after defeating Liberty about getting another shot at the Hawklets. It was all respectful, no bulletin board material or anything like that.

This Broncos team just knows what they want.

“This is the team we wanted to play,” Mozee said.

Will more history be made?