Park Hill gets a statement win over BS South
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
It went from penalties, penalties, penalties to points, points, points as the Park Hill offense exploded late in the first quarter and never looked back in their 43-18 season-opening win over Blue Springs South at Park Hill District Stadium.
The expected rust and first-game jitters greeted fans at the outset, however once the Park Hill lit up the scoreboard, the scorekeeper got little to no rest for the remainder of the contest.
"I was a little bit disappointed in the first quarter because I thought we were going to be more crisp than that," Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. "We were able to keep our focus and maintained where we needed to offensively and defensively. I thought the special teams really set the tone for us."
The Trojan defense got things rolling as an errant Blue Springs South snap flew over the head of quarterback Cameron Miller and went out of the end zone for a safety at 2:30 of the first quarter.
Park Hill turned the ensuing possession into points as Kenyatte Harris rumbled into the end zone, for his first of three first-half touchdowns, giving the Trojans a 9-0 lead.
The Jaguars responded on their next drive with a 68-yard rushing touchdown, which cut the lead to 9-6 after the missed PAT, but that would be the only points for South in the half.
Meanwhile the Park Hill attack kept rolling as Harris scoring his second rushing TD of the half. The 89-yard run put the Trojans up 16-6.
Less than one minute later Jeremiah Benson joined the Trojan barrage with a 55-yard punt return for a score giving Park Hill a 17-point edge (23-6) with 10:31 to play in the half.
"When you're playing such an outstanding team as Blue Springs South, you have to turned around and answer when they score," Hood said.
The Trojan defense again setup another score as Trevor White's interception at the South 24-yard line led to a 33-yard field goal by Parker Sampson and a 26-6 lead.
Park Hill capped the half with a last-minute scoring drive.
With 51 seconds to go in the quarter, Tyler Holmes connected with Harris on a wheel route from the 22 yard line and the Trojans were up 33-6 at halftime.
Park Hill remained comfortably ahead in the second half scoring the only points of the third quarter on a 19-yard TD run by Harris, who finished with 183 yards rushing and four scores, and a 31-yard field goal from Sampson.
"We just came out here and wanted to play, we were hungry," Harris said. "This is a new team and we're just ready to play. Everyone feels good tonight, but this isn't our Super Bowl, we have higher goals and we are going to keep pursuing them."
The Blue Springs South reserves were able to put up a pair of scores in the fourth both coming through the air as Cale Connors hit Jerome Hawkins on a 21-yard TD and Savion Cauveren hooked up with John Rolls from eight yards out to account for the final margin.
"We just needed a win, we're excited about that, but the first thing we are going to tell these guys is we are not done," Hood said. "We want to get better so we're going to find a few things we need to fix and get better every week. That's going to be our goal."
Next week the Trojans will visit Smithville, while Blue Springs South hosts Liberty North.
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