Broncos busting loose

Jason Lawrence/PrepsKC

By Jason Lawrence PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 4, 2015 - 11:44 PM

Lee’s Summit North’s defense doesn’t like getting scored on. So when North Kansas City running back Chris Elizondo broke the plane on a 33-yard run on the first possession of the second half, the Broncos took it personally — shutting down the Hornets the rest of the way en route to a 42-6 victory.

“I think it made them a little mad (to get scored on), which is good,” first-year Lee’s Summit North head coach Jamar Mozee said. “We’re real particular around here. I don’t want you to give up anything, that’s the way I’m thinking. Now that may or may not happen, but I want that mentality.”

Mozee’s team came out focused — his word of the week was focus — and drove 74 yards on the game’s opening possession to take a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard run off the right edge by junior Tori Hicks.

After forcing a turnover on downs, Hicks struck again, this time from 33 yards out to double the lead before the end of the first quarter.

“We’ve been working on that, getting a good start,” Mozee said. “In years past, even me being here last year, we’ve come out lethargic, waiting on things to happen. I’m pushing it hard to come out swinging, come out ready to rock and roll, and they’re doing that.

“We’ve done that consistently for three weeks, so that’s a good thing. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

With 4:26 to play in the half, junior Caleb Aston — the second quarterback in a two-man rotation with senior Nate Webb — connected with sophomore Elijah Farr, who stretched across the goal line to push the advantage to 21-0, where it stood until Elizondo’s run not even two minutes into the second half trimmed the deficit to 21-6 after the extra point was blocked.

“We opened it up,” North Kansas City head coach Leon Douglas said. “… That was an opportunity where our kids stepped up and were able to get some things done.

“We finally got a chance to break through and get a score. That’s something (the Broncos) hadn’t seen. We had not run that play. … It was an opportunity to get them moving one way and come back.”

The Broncos’ offense, of course, picked up its defense, responding immediately.

“We couldn’t give them the momentum or anything that they thought they could play in this game with us,” Hicks said. “We had to put our foot down and take the victory.”

Senior Chase Swisher — the power to Hicks’ speed — bruised his way in for a 3-yard score and then showed off some wheels of his own, breaking a 69-yard run after the defense forced another turnover on downs.

“We work very well together,” Hicks said of North’s two-headed backfield. “He has the power, I have the speed. When he comes out, they have to deal with me and it’s just a pain for them.”

The Hornets were forced to punt on their next drive and Hicks turned on the jets one more time for a 40-yard scamper down the visitors’ sideline to put the game completely out of reach early in the fourth quarter.

“My linemen gave me a hole, gave me a lane,” Hicks said. “My receivers were blocking fine. I weaved my way through there and took it to the house.”

For good measure, the Lee’s Summit North defense forced a pair of turnovers with the clock running, including an interception by senior Nick Minx and the reserves finished out the contest.

Now 3-0 — the first time the Broncos have won three games since finishing 3-8 in 2011 — North heads into a rivalry matchup with Lee’s Summit (2-1) next Friday night at Lee’s Summit North.

“We’ve got to come ready to roll. It’s going to be a big deal next week,” Mozee said.

North Kansas City (1-2) hits the road to take on Class 5 No. 1 Fort Osage (3-0), which beat Lee’s Summit 28-14 Friday, next week.

“It doesn’t get no easier,” Douglas said. “This level of football, you’ve got to have bodies, that’s what it comes down to. … All I know is where going to give it our best and play hard until we can’t play any more. That’s all we can do.”