Doherty leads Winnetonka to win

Eric Allen/Special to PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 30, 2014 - 12:03 AM

For the first few minutes of its game Thursday night at home against Lee’s Summit North, Winnetonka struggled to overcome some missteps and penalties. The Griffins had problems snapping the ball and couldn’t seem to get out of their own way.

Then Winnetonka snapped into shape and promptly blew out the visiting Broncos 42-14 to move to 2-0 on the young season. North had some bright moments but weren’t able to overcome six turnovers on its way to its second loss in as many games.

The Griffins struggled to find its offense in its first three possessions but then things changed when tailback Marquis Doherty moved into position as the quarterback. The standout senior played a pseudo wildcat formation but still ran most of the Griffins regular offense on their third drive of the game and that’s when things broke free. Doherty ran the ball, threw it once and then handed off to Chase Williams for the opening score and Winnetonka never looked back from there.

The Griffins would jump out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, extend that mark to 28-7 at the half and never look back. By the time the night was done Doherty would have three rushing TDs and an interception return for a touchdown.

While the offense scored 28 of the 42 points the Griffins defense was impressive. Winnetonka only let North put together one sustained drive in the first half and then a late drive as the game was winding down in the fourth quarter.

Doherty said the team really came out ready to play defense against the Broncos.

“We had a really good night,” Doherty said. “We played well as a team. Our defense came out and played hard all four quarters. Even the twos did well on defense. We played the run really hard and obviously linebackers and d-line did their job containing the run allowing our secondary to play well and make some interceptions.”

That defense harassed North into the six turnovers and kept them from finding any rhythm. The Broncos running game had some bright moments as Chase Swisher ran for 80 yards on 12 carries including a 46-yard carry that set up the Broncos first touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Parker Tootles would score on the next play but that was the lone highlight.

In the end Doherty would be a part of five of the six TDs for Winnetonka. He handed the first score off to Williams ran for three more and then returned a Tootles pass 49 yards for a touchdown. The other score came when North’s punter Nathan Webb couldn’t handle a high snap and Djimon Colbert picked it up and ran 20 yards for a touchdown.

Doherty would finish the night with 127 yards on 20 carries with the three touchdowns. It’s also the second straight week he has returned an interception for a touchdown on defense.

Winnetonka next plays at home against Lee’s Summit West while Lee’s Summit North will be at home to face North Kansas City.