SM South tops Olathe North in historic win
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
When you beat Olathe North you remember it. But when it takes a few decades, the mind gets a little foggy.
The Shawnee Mission South coaches might not remember when the Raiders last knocked off the Eagles, but they will remember this one.
The Raiders used a stifling defense and just enough offense to knock off Olathe North Friday night 10-7 at the Olathe District Activity Center.
The Raiders got a 31-yard field goal from Marcelo Regis with 7:28 to play and held on for dear life over the last two minutes in handing the Eagles their first loss of the season while evening their record at 1-1.
According to the coaches on hand, it had been better than 20 years since the Raiders knocked off North.
“We are pretty ecstatic right now,” said third-year South coach and former North assistant Ryan Lonergan. “I’m not going to say that we are surprised because we have been working hard to get to this point. Anytime you can come out and beat Olathe North, it’s a big win.”
Upon further review, it was, indeed 20 years ago when North lost to South, in another tight one, losing 3-0 in the 1993 season.
Neither team could find their rhythm early. In fact, the two teams combined for just a couple of big plays on offense in the first half and that was it. The only score of the opening half came in the waning seconds as South went up 7-0 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Chase Allen to bulky tight end Nick Oliver. It was one of four catches for Oliver, each coming at very opportune times. He had 81 yards on his four catches.
“They were playing a cover three and had three guys deep,” Lonergan said. “We had four that went sent vertical and take what they gave us.”
North, on the other hand had some trouble taking advantage of what the Raiders gave them.
Two tipped interceptions stopped drives in the Raiders territory early on and an 80-yard touchdown run by North quarterback Cole Murphy was called back on a holding penalty. That seemed to deflate the Eagles. It came on the first play from scrimmage after South had gone up on the Regis field goal.
After the two teams traded punts, North had one last chance and it was handed to them on a silver platter.
On a fourth and 9 play form their own 16-yard line, South uncorked a one yard punt, yeah, one yard, to set North up with a first and 10 at the Raiders 17 with 2:25 to play. Murphy connected with Mauricio Choi for nine yards two plays later giving the Eagles a first and goal at the 6-yard line. The drive stalled. A loss of three on the next play and two straight incomplete passes left them with a fourth and goal at the 9-yard line.
A 26-yard field goal attempt by Ivan Aquero was way off the mark and wide left. The Raiders ran out the clock and started the celebration that was, well, 20 years in the making.
“It’s such a tremendous feeling,” Allen said. “We know that no one expected us to win.”
The Eagles trailed 7-0 when Murphy scored the Eagles’ only touchdown with 19 seconds left in the third quarter from one yard out. He would finish with 54 yards rushing and 110 yard passing. Venus Triplett had just 39 yards rushing.
“We had plenty of chances,” North coach Gene Wier said. “We just need to be better everywhere, better at everything.”
Allen finished with 22 yards on the ground and 145 passing. South’s Ra’keim Abdul led all rushers with 60 yards on 19 carries.
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