Park Hill South dominates Park Hill
By David Svoboda PrepsKC staff writer
Myles Hammonds rushed for 184 yards on 27 tough carries as Park Hill South rolled to a 45-14 win over Park Hill in the annual gridiron battle for bragging rights.
“That’s the best he’s run all year long,” South Coach Mark Simcox said of his talented senior. “I’m really proud of him. He’s fought through a lot of injuries (both ankles, one hamstring). He ran the ball really well and set the tone for us. He was physical for us, and that’s what we really needed out of him.”
The Panthers, who moved to 5-4, never trailed in dishing out some impressive punishment of the team that shares the district stadium. Park Hill, which fell to 3-6, trailed only by 10 at the half, but that was as close as it would be from that point on.
“As a team we needed to make a statement,” Hammonds said of his team’s effort. “I know a lot of people don’t believe in us. We needed to remove all doubt, and I think we did that.”
The teams traded possessions and nervous moments in the first quarter. South had a chance to grab the lead at the end of the frame, but was turned away on a fourth and goal at the 1 on the first play of the second quarter as a Shaefer Shuetz pass fell incomplete.
South bounced back to grab the lead, however, with nine minutes, 39 seconds left in the second period, taking advantage of the short field which presented itself after the failed fourth down play.
After a 27-yard punt return by South’s Cole Fenner put the Panthers in business with that short field at the Trojan 13, it took the Panthers just two plays to punch it in.
Hammonds had the ball on both plays – carries of 9 on first down and 4 for the score – to give his team the 7-0 advantage. He’d end the first half with just over 90 yards on 16 carries.
South’s next drive also resulted in points, and was a combination of tough running by Hammonds and a 32-yard strike from Shaefer Shuetz to Craig Scott that left the ball at the Park Hill 14.
Three plays later, the Panthers knocked home a 30-yard field goal to cap the 11-play, 4-plus-minute drive that made it 10-0 South. That’s where the score remained heading into halftime.
It was about to become a rout. The Panthers outscored Park Hill 35-14 in the second half in cruising to the win – and Hammonds continued his sparkling evening, though not finding the end zone.
The opening score of the second half came when Shuetz hit Logan Gillespie with a 29-yard TD toss to cap a 7-play drive and make it 17-0 South.
It was now a three-score game…and would only get worse. Two more TD passes – one thrown by Shuetz and the other by backup QB Carson Reid – made it 31-0 South before Park Hill would finally get on the board.
And it was a loud first score. Kenyatte Harris took the kickoff which followed Reid’s TD toss and sprinted 95 yards down the home sideline for the electrifying six points. The PAT was converted, and the score was 31-7.
Any thought of a comeback was quickly snuffed out, however, as South scored the game’s next 14 points. The first TD came when Reid hit Scott with a 13-yarder with inside of one minute left in the third. Ronnie Bertelsmeyer’s 1-yard plunge rounded out the Panther scoring and made it 45-7.
Park Hill’s final TD came when QB Clay Ford scored on a 6-yard run with just over three minutes left in the game.
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