Park Hill runs past Smithville
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
The heat delayed games in week 1. This game was delayed until Saturday morning due to lightning. The two teams were both coming off impressive Week 1 wins as the Smithville played host to the Park Hill.
Warriors Head Coach Greg Smith talked before the game about his keys to victory,
“The Trojans have excellent special teams," Smith said. "We are going to need to keep that even to have a chance to win the game.”
The Trojans first score was set up with a short field thanks to a 22-yard punt return by Jeremiah Benson. Quarterback Tyler Holmes tossed a short swing pass to Kenyatte Harris, who made a one handed grab and went 14-yards for the touchdown. Parker Sampson made the PAT, and the Trojans were up 7-0.
The Trojans second score was a 79-yard drive, with the last 25 yards being covered again through the air as Holmes hooked up with Harris again for the score. Sampson was good again and the score was 14-0.
The Smithville Warriors got on the board when Sam Aviles split the uprights with a 32 yard field goal. The score was 14-3.
The tide turned when Chester Anchors intercepted a pass late in the first half and returned the ball down to the Warriors 31 yard line. On the first play after the turnover Holmes and Harris found pay dirt for the third time in the half, through the air. Sampson closed out the scoring with the conversion and the teams went to the break 21-3.
Harris was not through scoring, he made a couple of Warriors miss, as went 9 yards on the ground for the score. Sampson was good again and it was 28-3.
The final score of the game was a fourth and goal, 1-yard plunge from the Trojans Matt Harris. Sampson closed out the scoring converting his fifth PAT.
The Trojans Head Coach Josh Hood had high praise for his team, after the game, but he started with his special team play.
“Our return game can be dynamic, and we take great pride in our kicking game,” Hood said. “We think our kicker can pin them deep in their own territory and give them a long field.”
Even when their punter had a bad snap it turned good for the Trojans as Carter Anchors turned the play into a 16 yard scramble for a first down. Hood said, “Carter just might be our best athlete I’m sure his eyes lit up when he had a chance to run with the ball.”
Finally Hood talked about Kenyatte Harris. “He is just a weapon wherever we line him up, I’m glad we do not have to scheme against him.”
Next week Park Hill will be home against the Belton Pirates while Smithville will be hosting the Savannah Savages.
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