Park Hill rolls past rival Park Hill South
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
The wet and unseasonably cool conditions at Park Hill District Stadium Friday night felt more like late October or early November with bragging rights between district rivals on the line.
As they have made a habit of this season, Park Hill was once again able to take over in the second half, winning their fifth straight game 29-3 over Park Hill South.
The Trojans turned a hotly contested matchup, which was deadlocked after the second quarter, their way with 26 unanswered points over the final two quarters racking up 348 yards of offense compared to 140 for the Panthers.
"Their (Park Hill South) coaching staff did a good job of game planning and took away some of the things we wanted to do in the first half, so kudos to them," Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. "Our kids did a great job make the adjustments in the second half and we came out with some fire, intensity and purpose. We still have to find a way to be able to do that in the first half and we'll put ourselves in the conversation. You have to love a rivalry game, it's going to be all about heart and determination and our kids made the decision this was going to be their night."
That decision was apparent on the Trojans first drive of the second half, which turned into the game's first touchdown on a 3-yard run by Zach Neal.
The Trojans defense pushed the lead to nine (12-3) on a safety with three minutes left in the third.
Just two seconds into the fourth quarter, Parker Sampson connected on his second field goal of the game to make it a 15-3 Park Hill lead.
Then it was Neal's turn once more as the senior, who finished the game with 159 yards on 32 carries, raced in from 19 yards out with under six minutes to go in the game to make it 22-3.
After exploding through the Panthers' defense for a huge run all the way down to the one, Dorian Clayton finished the job with a 1-yard plunge with 2:13 left on the clock.
"We may not like the process of some of these games, especially in the first half, but the end result is where we need to be," Hood said. "We know what we need to fix and we need to get that done as the competition moves on."
The No. 5 Trojans (5-1) will be back at home next week as they welcome in Ruskin.
South came up with the first big play of the night stopping the Trojans on a fake punt attempt.
On the next play, Park Hill got it right back recovering a fumble.
The turnover set up the first points of the game, a Trojan field goal by Sampson with 5:25 to play in the first quarter.
The Panthers were poised to take the lead, but the Trojans stuffed the QB sneak on fourth down at their own 1 and took over on downs.
South drew even late in the first half with a field goal to make it 3-3, at halftime.
The Panthers (0-5) are next at Truman (4-1).
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