Winnetonka runs past Oak Park
By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Winnetonka won the coin flip and deferred to the second half giving Oak Park first crack at Winnetonka's defense.
Winnetonka started the game with a squib kickoff, initially the ball was fumbled by but Oak Park recovered and started their season on their own 24-yard line.
Oak Park ran into a stingy defense of Winnetonka on its first drive. Oak Park Ran the ball three times resulting in 12 yards total yards. The Northmen were forced to punt.
Winnetonka had a much better first drive than its opponents. It was the Willis and Onama show who combined for 50 yards on eight plays, capped off by a 7-yard burst the middle by Onama for his first score on the day. The PAT was blocked, but Winnetonka struck first and led 6-0, with 6:11 left in the first quarter.
OaK Park started their next drive on their on 20 on a touch back by Winnetonka's kickoff man, James Mcmullen. Oak Park would run the length of the field by picking 2 first downs, but once they passed midfield, they stalled out and was forced to punt again.
It didn't take Winnetonka long to put up another six on the board. As Willis and Colbert hooked up for a 58 yard pass catch Winnetonka took a quick 13-0 lead on a 2 play drive of 61 yards over 11 seconds.
Oak Park put together their longest drive of the night on their next possession. They ran 16 plays resulting in 5 first downs, 4 of them in a row. But give credit to Winnetonka's defense for keeping them out of the end zone and they were stuff on a 4th and goal.
Winnetonka would do nothing on their next drive, giving the ball back to Oak Park on Winnetonka's 41 yard line. Oak Park ran 8 plays in 3:07 for 41 yards and a 2 yard TD run by their Tailback, Alex Bjerrum. The XP was no good, but Oak Park cut the lead virtually in half, being down only 7 points.
With 1:52 left in the first half, Winnetonka got a huge kick return of 28 yards and a late hit out of bounds penalty by Oak Park that put Winnetonka on their own 49 yard line. It was all Brad Willis on this drive. Willis threw 2 completed passes for 22 yards and ran for 33 yards including a 7 yard TD run.
Winnetonka, who won the coin flip, would get the ball in the 2nd half and looked to put this one away for good. But, Oak Parks defense had other plans in mind, as their defense picked off a pass from Willis and returned it to Winnetonkas 45 yard line, a interception return of 35 yards. Oak Park would Punt to Winnetonka, but would get the ball pack two series later.
Oak Park started their drive with good field position on Winnetonkas 39 yard line. Oak Park ran the ball 7 straight times, with Brysen Stigger picking up 12 yards and Bjerrum picking up the rest of the yards and tacking on his 2nd score of the game with a 1 yard TD run. XP was no good, but Oak Park was only down 8 points with 1:58 left in the 3rd quarter.
Winnetonka could do nothing on their next drive, giving the ball back to Oak Park and chance to tie the game up. But, Vincent Tinoco of Winnetonka stepped in front of Tyler Klines pass and picked it off and returned the interception 32 yards, giving Winnetonka great field position.
But, again Oak Parks defense would come up huge giving their offense another crack at tying the game. Oak Park looked to be driving, picking up a big first down on a 29 yard run by Kevin Orange. As Oak Park was driving, their running back lost his grip on the ball and the ball squirted out where Dalton Dibben covered up the fumble.
Winnetonka’s Djimon Colbert finished a 7 play drive for 44 yards in 2:53 with a 1 yard TD run, XP was good and Winnetonka had a two touchdown lead. Oak Park would bounce back with a 7 yard TD run by Bjerrum, his 3rd TD on the day and would cut the lead to 9 points. But, Winnetonka was just too much in the end. As, Gerald Onama finished off their last drive running the ball 5 times for 45 yards and a 4 yard blast for a TD, his 2nd of the game.
Onama finished with 120 rushing yards and 2 TDs, Brad Willis had 61 rushing yards and TD along with 88 passing yards and a TD, Djimon Colbert added with 3 receptions for 70 yards and a TD. James McMullen was all over the field tonight with 3 XPs, 2 Sacks, and a few Tackles for Loss. Where would Winnetonka be without this guy?
Winnetonka will play at Lee's Summit North next Friday at 7pm and Oak Park will host Grandview High School at the same time.
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