Platte County beats PH South to stay unbeaten

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 12, 2015 - 12:16 AM

In the PrepsKC,, Game of the Week, Platte County outlasted Park Hill South 37-7.

The Pirates took the opening kickoff and moved the ball down field but they stalled inside of the Panthers 10 yard line and had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by sophomore Parker Lacina for a 3-0 lead.

The score remained that way until with two minutes left in the half Zach Suchanick hit Jake Springer with a 5-yard touchdown pass. Stephen Personelli converted the point after and the teams went to the locker room with the Panthers up 7-3.

When asked about keys to the game Panther head coach Mike Sharp said:

“We have to do a good job controlling No. 1, (Mitchell), he can do some damage when he starts to scramble, and he is tough to tackle, as everybody knows.”

In the second half the Pirates defense played with high energy. The Panthers first two offensive possessions were both three and out.

“I’m going to give Park Hill South credit, they came out in the first half and they put us in some bad spots,” Park Hill South coach Bill Utz said. “I told them at half time they were going to have play with some passion. They were going to have to be more physical this half because, they were more physical than us in the first half.”

Pirates’ quarterback Justin Mitchell began to heat up. Mitchell connected with Zach Hamilton on a 51-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Lacina’s kick was good.

The ensuing kickoff return was fumbled and recovered by the Pirates. With a short field to work with Mitchell kept the ball on an option read, and was headed towards the end zone, when he dropped the ball and it bounced right back to him and he went in for the score.

“The line did a great job giving us gaps,” Mitchell said. “When I dropped the ball I looked around and no one was around me so I knew I didn’t have to fall on it I just picked up and went on in.”

In the fourth quarter after the Pirates forced a turnover on downs Mike McNair plunged through the line for a 1-yard score. Lacina’s kick was blocked.

The Pirate defense intercepted a long pass to give the ball right back to their offense. Mitchell split the zone defense when he hit Alex Minter in stride as the play went for a 65-yard touchdown. Lacina was good with the conversion.

The final score of the game came at 6:06 of the fourth quarter when Mitchell scored again on a 1-yard run, and Lacina’s kick closed out the scoring.

Next week the Panthers will be home for a rivalry game with the Park Hill Trojans.

Platte County will attempt to remain undefeated as they travel to face off with Winnetonka.