Northtown rolls past rival Oak Park

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 1, 2012 - 12:14 AM



In what was left of Hurricane Isaac, the North Kansas City Hornets ran past the Oak Park Northmen 52 -10 at North Kansas City District Stadium.
 
The Hornets were led by quarterback Marcus Jones, who put on a show for the second week in a row, rushing for four touchdowns, and intercepting a pass while playing defense. Jones had touchdown runs of 6, 4, 61, and 38 yards.
 
The small but loud crowd held their collective breath every time that Marcus Jones ran the ball. Second- year Hornets’ Head Coach Leon Douglas was very pleased with his teams overall play.  
 
“In very sloppy conditions I thought our guys were very resilient,” Douglas said. “In adverse weather conditions we did the only thing we could do and that is run the ball.
 
“I am very happy how the team has bought into our attempt to change history around here. Everybody sees Jones break a long run and they want to give him the credit, but if you looked downfield, the lineman did a great job getting him to the outside. (Jaz) White, and (Jason) Mulvaney, did a great job leading the way.”
 
Jones now has seven touchdowns in just two games played. Jones ran the ball in a Wildcat type offense, taking the snap from center, and following his lineman to daylight.
 
Douglas however did not want to give all of the credit to his offense.
 
“On defense, we were solid except for that one drive where they scored,” Douglas said. “We did a solid job of tackling, maybe we tried to strip the ball away too much, but we did create some turnovers.”
 
Earlier in the week Douglas talked about changing the culture at North Kansas City.
 
“The time for moral victories are over,” Douglas said. “In week one we played Grandview close for three quarters, but we have to do a better job, to clean up our turnovers, and limit teams return yards”.
 
After the game Douglas was very reflective of his team’s performance.
 
“They just told me in the locker-room that’s only the third time we have beat Oak Park, and now we can feel good about being equal with a team in our conference.”
 
It was a team win for North Kansas City. Jason Mulvaney also rushed for a 28-yard touchdown. When Marcus Jones was on the sideline after a late hit backup quarterback, Patrick Hoard threw a play action pass 55 yards to Donardto Majok for a touchdown. Defensive tackle Jordan Williams scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Rudy Tyner-Roddiguez closed out the Hornets scoring on a 4 yard run.
 
Oak Park’s lone touchdown came on a pass from quarterback Myles Eubanks to Joe Anderson for 7 yards. Also on special teams the Northmen blocked a punt for safety. The Northmen used their version of the of the Wing T offense, but had trouble holding on to the ball, with 5 fumble.
 
This game put the Hornets at 1-1, as Oak Park dropped to 0-2. This was also the first conference game for both schools.