Cox leads Ray South to win over PH South
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Trailing by 14 points, Raytown South senior quarterback Jabril Cox gave the Cardinals the lift they needed in the second half as he ran for four scores and led the Cardinals to a come-from-behind, 28-14 win Friday night at Park Hill District Stadium.
"It was all mental, we had to come together at halftime and prove that we could win," Cox said after the Cardinals first win of the season.
"We wanted to stick to the simple things and what was working. That was a much needed win to get our confidence boosted going into conference next week."
Raytown South made their intentions clear early in the third quarter.
After forcing the Panthers to go three-and-out, the Cardinals drove down the field and moved back within seven points on a 15-yard QB draw by Cox with under seven minutes left in the quarter.
Cox did it again in the early going of the fourth. The senior darted around the Panthers' defense for a 16-yard rushing score and the game was tied (14-14) with 10:04 to play.
Just seconds later, Raytown South senior Peyton Hampton came up with an interception and took it down to the Panthers' 2. On the next play Cox scored and put the Cardinals up 21-14.
Park Hill South looked to answer, but it was the Cardinals' D that came up big stopping the Panthers on downs at their own 9.
The ensuing drive sealed the deal as Cox raced 70 yards through the heart of the Park Hill South defense giving Raytown South a 14-point edge and their final margin of victory.
"We challenged the kids at halftime no to give up and there is zero quit in those kids," Raytown South head coach Nick Adkins said. "The offense played a great second half. These kids deserve this, they've put in a lot of hard work over the past three months."
Of his senior QB, Adkins added, "Jabril's leadership shows up in critical moments. We put the ball in his hands and he has a will to win that you don't find in everybody."
With no points on the scoreboard late in the first half it was fitting that the Park Hill South defense accounted for the first points.
Junior Dillon Thomas picked off a Cox pass and took it all the way back to put the Panthers up 7-0 with 5:10 to play in the second quarter.
Park Hill South doubled their lead with another thrilling TD, this one by their offense.
With just 20 seconds to go in the half, Panther QB, Zach Suchanick found Jake Springer who beat the Cardinals' secondary to give the home team a 14-0 lead at halftime.
"We have to get that killer instinct, we played the second half to not lose instead of win," Park Hill South head coach Mike Sharp said after the Panthers third straight loss to open the season. "We have skill and talent, it's just putting it together and the kids have to believe they can do it. We're just not quite there yet."
Raytown South (1-2) will host Kearney (2-1), who was ranked fourth in Class 4 before falling to Liberty North in week three.
The Panthers (0-3) are on the road at the No. 5 team in Class 4, Platte County (3-0) next week.
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