Lee's Summit holds off Park Hill to go 3-0
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Momentum couldn’t decide which sideline it felt more comfortable on in Lee’s Summit 31-26 win over Park Hill.
Each team held a double-digit edge with the lead changing hands three times and it wasn’t until the final minute when this game was decided.
The Tigers, who trailed at halftime, turned the deficit into a double-digit lead (31-19) with just over eight minutes to play on a 25-yard field goal from Travis Simonin. But Park Hill wouldn’t go away easily, fighting back to within five at 31-26 with 5:48 left. And just when it looked like the Tigers had the game in hand, Park Hill came up with a blocked punt and took over at the Lee’s Summit 32 with 2:04 left.
The Trojans advanced to the Tiger 25, but were down to their last chance. On 4th-and-13, Lee’s Summit broke up a potential first down reception, took over on downs and could finally breathe a sigh of relief as they moved to 3-0 on the season.
“The defense definitely made some plays at the end.” Tigers’ head coach Eric Thomas said. “We put them in a bad spot getting the punt blocked and not being able to get a first down at the end. One first down ends the game and we have to get that. We’re good enough offensively to do it. We have to get better and we have a long week ahead to do that, but a win is a win and that’s what we talked about after the game. “
Lee’s Summit got things started quickly, as they scored the first points of the game before even taking an offensive snap.
The Tigers’ DelShon Spratt returned the game’s first punt 68 yards to give Lees Summit the early 7-0 lead.
Park Hill came right back with their first score on the very next possession. The Trojans drove down the field in less than two minutes and tied the game at seven on a quarterback sneak by Tyler Holmes with 8:57 to go in the quarter. The offensive firepower slowed considerably at this point as neither team added to their total and headed to the second deadlocked, 7-7.
In the second, the Trojans ground attack began to flex its muscle. In the quarter, Park Hill scored twice on the ground. The first was a 14-yard run by Holmes with 7:10 to go in the half which made it 13-7 after a failed PAT. With 3:25 left in the quarter, running back Kenyatte Harris knifed into the end zone from one yard out, scoring the Trojans third rushing TD of the half. Park Hill failed on the two-point conversion and it was 19-7.
Lee’s Summit cut the lead back to single digits with a big score to close the half. The Tigers’ TD came with under one minute to play on Casey Slaughter’s 4-yard rumble to make it 19-14, in favor of the Trojans, at the break.
Lee’s Summit, who plays host to Liberty next week, came out of the locker room with a purpose to open the third quarter taking their first drive in for points.
“It was a little bit of execution,” Thomas said. “We found some things on the drive right before halftime to help us out to start the second half.”
Slaughter’s second rushing TD of the night, from one yard out, gave the Tigers 21-19 lead with 10:21 to go in the third.
Next it was the Tiger defense making a play and it came from Grant Robbins, who picked off a Holmes pass.
Lee’s Summit turned the takeaway into points when Drew Lock found Levi Fountain behind the Trojan defense on a 27-yard pass and it was 28-19 with 6:27 left in the third.
“The guys at the end of the game said we’re going to go win this football game and they came within a square inch of doing it,” Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. “We think we’re built for the fourth quarter and I think it showed tonight with the resiliency our team showed. We just have to eliminate the little mistakes that are hurting us now.”
With the loss, Park Hill is now 1-2 and will welcome in Truman for homecoming next week.
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