Park Hill stuns Ray South in final seconds
By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC staff writer
For the first time in over a decade Raytown South and Park Hill met on the gridiron. On an overcast senior night at Raytown High School, a motivated Park Hill squad upset Raytown South 23-22.
Coming into the night Raytown South was ranked No. 4 in the state of Missouri in Class 4, and led by senior quarterback Devin Hannah who finished the game with two touchdowns passes and one interception.
Both sides started sloppy offensively as Carter Anchors of Park Hill intercepted Hannah, followed by Park Hill quarterback Clay Ford throwing an interception to Tyshawn Pennington.
Raytown South struck first with six minutes, 47 seconds to go in the first quarter. Hannah dropped back and connected with Dion Williams for a 65-yard touchdown pass. Park Hill responded three minutes later on a 42-yard run by Dondrell Hardiman. Park Hill took the lead heading into the half on a 25-yard field goal by Mitchell Tittone.
After capitalizing on a Raytown South fumble, Park Hill led by Hardiman went on a five-minute, 48-yard drive capped off on a 3-yard touchdown run by none other than Hardiman to put Park Hill on top 16-7 with 11:52 to go in the game.
Raytown South wouldn’t go away easily however, as 22 seconds later Dezmin Rucker broke free for a 20 yard run to set up a 3-yard touchdown run also by Rucker closing the gap to 16-14 with 11:22 remaining. Rucker, who fumbled earlier in the game, seemed like he was on a mission to correct his mistake.
Park Hill started the next drive with a huge pass play as Ford connected with Lane Holmes for a 50 yard gain setting up a first and 10 in the red zone for Park Hill.
In a game with many momentum changes, Raytown South would answer. On the following play Ford again dropped back to pass, but this time he was intercepted by Landon James-Wilson at the Raytown South 8-yard line.
Even though both offensive squads seemed to make the big plays, neither defense would break. After trading punts, Raytown South would have a shot to take the lead. With 3:37 left in the game the Cardinals had a third and 14 from the Park Hill 32 yard line. Hannah fed Dion Williams on a reverse that gained 9 yards. This set up a fourth and 5 from the Park Hill 24 yard line, Hannah handed it off to Rucker who after a chain measurement fell just inches short of a first down giving Park Hill the ball back with 3:23 remaining.
Just like it had all night defense controlled the game. Three plays later, and a near fumble Park Hill had to punt the ball right back to Raytown South. The Cardinals would have one last shot at victory. With 1:37 remaining Hannah and the Cardinals took the field one last time. On a second and 8 from the 39-yard line, Hannah dropped back and was forced to scramble. He somehow found Dion Williams in the end zone wide open for a 39-yard touchdown pass. After the two-point conversion was completed, Raytown South took a 22-16 lead with 1:13 left in the game.
Park Hill however wasn’t done. With five seconds left in the game, Ford dropped back to pass and found Ariyan Trawick for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Extra point was good and Park Hill stunned Raytown South 23-22.
“We were in our two minute offense and I didn’t like the read so I changed it. I was lucky I found him open in the end zone, and he made a great play.” Said Ford on the last second pass.
Park Hill proved a contender once again in the Kansas City area, and advanced to (1-0).
“We have a long way to go, but I’m proud of the way we fought tonight. Raytown South will be a very tough team here in class 4.” Coach Greg Reynolds commented after the win.
Raytown South proved worth the hype, as they have speed and playmakers on both sides of the ball. South will surely play a role this season in Class 4, the Cardinals dropped to (0-1).
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