Park Hill rallies past SJ Central to stay perfect

By Adam Burns St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 10, 2014 - 11:40 PM



Central held an undefeated Park Hill to a touchdown in the first half.

It was a defensive showing that Indians fans had yet to see all season, as the hosts led 7-6 headed into the locker rooms.

That lead would last all of five minutes. Park Hill notched its second touchdown by way of a Matt Harris 2-yard rush early in the third quarter. It was all Park Hill from there.

The home crowd saw the visiting Trojans rattle off 35 unanswered points, 29 coming in the fourth quarter alone, as the Class 5 No. 6-ranked team won 41-7 at Noyes Field.

It was just a week ago when coach Jeff Wallace called his squad “fortunate” for squeaking out a 30-24 win at Ruskin. He said a lack of focus nearly cost them a win.

This was not the case this week.

“Focus was no problem tonight,” Wallace said. “They had a great week of practice, and I mean a great week of practice, and they came in here ready to win a football game.”

The lack of depth continues to be an issue this season for Central (2-6, 2-2 Suburban Red). And Wallace is not afraid to admit to it.

“We knew depth was going to be a problem for us this year,” he said. “Once we had a couple guys get hurt earlier on, it became a major problem.”

Led by Jake Hill, who had 13 tackles, the Central defense was a highlight in the first half.

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