Kearney tops Liberty North in tight contest
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
In a squeaker, not decided until the last minute Kearney defeated Liberty North 26-25. It was a league game inside the Suburban Small 6.
Kearney got on the board first when running back Brock Broughton went up the middle for a 12-yard score. Dylan Weir converted the kick making the score 7-0.
The Eagles answered right back through the air. Brian Sharp threw a jump ball towards the back of the end zone and wide out Paul Silvio split double coverage and came down with the 8-yard score. The Eagles could not convert the kick due to a bad snap.
After an interception that was returned to the Bulldogs to the 6-yard line, the Eagles’ Marvin Shumate took the handoff and bulldozed his way in for the touchdown. The two point pass was not converted and the Eagles had their first lead with a score of 12-7.
The Bulldogs marched right down the field and were facing a 4th and 3 from the 8 yard line. Kearney coach Greg Jones left his offense on the field, and quarterback Austin Hinck got North to jump offsides for the first down. Broughton dove over from the 1 yard line. Broughton could not convert the point after run, and the Bulldogs were up 13-12.
North started the next drive with a Sharp to Silvio long pass play. With just 1:20 left in the half Richard Richardson made an electric 44 yard touchdown run. Richardson went down the near sideline, stopped to let the pursuit pass him and went in for the score. The 2 point pass was incomplete, and the half time score had the Eagles up 18-13.
The Eagles started the second half and steadily moved the ball into Bulldog territory. Sharp hooked up with Silvio again for a second score. Silvio ran a slant pattern and went 33 yards for the touchdown. Raul Garcia banged the kick through and North had a lead of 25-13.
The fourth quarter belonged to Brock Broughton. He went 58 yards through the defense for his third score of the night. Weir made the kick and the Eagles were down 25-20.
The Eagles went three and out and Bulldogs started on their own 23. They drove the length of the field behind the tough runs of Broughton. With 2:32 left in the game Austin Hinck threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to Coalten Klends for a one point lead. The two point run failed.
The Eagles starting from their own 20, picked up two first downs, but on 4th down the screen pass was stopped short, and the Bulldogs lined up in victory formation to close out the game.
Kearney moves to 3-1 with the victory and the will host Platte County next week. Liberty North drops to 2-2 with a home game against Raytown South.
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