Park Hill South topples St. Joe Central
By Jared Speckman The St. Joseph News-Press
Central’s inability to execute on offense and make stops in crucial defensive situations doomed the Indians on Friday night against Park Hill South.
The frustrating loss included allowing Park Hill South to score all three of its touchdowns after converting on a fourth-down play in Central territory.
“We didn’t play very well, didn’t give a real good showing,” Central coach Jeff Wallace said. “They were more physical than we were. We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board to figure out what we can do and what we can’t do.”
Central trailed 7-0 in the first quarter when the Indians mounted their best effort at drawing even with Park Hill South.
Facing a fourth-and-2 from the Panthers’ 11, Central running back Derek Gray couldn’t convert the first down on a run out of the Wildcat formation. Park Hill South took over on downs and marched 89 yards to extend its lead to 14-0, capped with running back Myles Hammonds’ 2-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers converted a fourth-and-2 inside Central’s 10 on the way to extending their lead.
Central went on to trail 24-0 before Jacob Kaiser completed a touchdown pass to Tyree Mayfield with less than 4 minutes remaining. Central’s offense only managed 205 total yards, just 79 on the ground, 41 from Gray.
“We missed quite a few tackles, and offensively we did nothing,” Wallace said. “We’ve got a lot of kids that got banged up tonight, and we were down to putting people in defensive positions that they haven’t even worked.”
Central’s first drive ended with a fumble at midfield that set up a 39-yard field goal for Park Hill South. The Panthers extended their lead to 24-0 on a 91-yard drive early in the fourth quarter. Park Hill South converted a fourth-and-8 from the Central 32 that led to a goal-to-go situation.
Central’s attempt at a comeback never really started. The Indians failed to score on four plays inside the Panthers 4 midway through the fourth quarter.
Mayfield’s score — his seventh TD catch of the year — did little to cover up the missed opportunities.For the rest of the story click here.
Forcing Central into an early turnover on downs, Park Hill South built an early two-touchdown lead and turned it into a 24-6 win in a critical matchup of Suburban League Red Division and Class 5 District 8 foes. The Indians dropped to 3-4, losing a second straight.
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