Oak Park beats North Kansas City for first win
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
It was Homecoming at the District Stadium in North Kansas City, as the North Kansas City Hornets welcomed the Oak Park Northmen. The two rivals have been doing battle with each other since 1965.
The Hornets applied the pressure early when Chris Elizondo took a sweep and showed some elusive moves running the ball 36 yards, down to the 4 yard line. On the next snap Damon Whitmill ran right up the middle for the score. Muamer Hamsic kick was no good and the Hornets led 6 - 0.
The Northmen answered on the next drive helped by Northmen head coach Kevin Keeton called for a fake punt on 4th and 8. Remi Breisford took the snap and ran for the first down. This set up Brysen Stigger carried the ball the last 8 yards for the score. Abraham Chavez converted the kick and at the end of the first quarter the Northmen up 7 - 6.
The second quarter the Hornets used their ground game to perfection. Their first drive started on their own 10 yard line and pounded the ball the length of the field. Whitmill scored on an 8 yard run. The two point pass was incomplete.
After the Hornets forced a punt, Whitmill scored again from 33 yards out. The two point run was no good.
The Northmen again went 3 and out and the Hornets took over at the Northmen 35 yard line. Whitmill scored his fourth touchdown of the half on a 4 yard run. The point after kick was blocked.
The Northmen changed their fortune, with just :20 left in the half Tyler Kline threw a screen pass to Breisford who went 64 yards for the score. Chavez converted the kick and the teams went to the half with the Hornets up 24 - 14. After the game Keeton talked about that game changing play, “We were dead to rites, we were down 24 - 7, with 24 seconds left in the half, it’s a screen pass that we have not run all year. We’ve been practicing, and we executed. That got our kids believing again, and boy, did the play an excellent second half.”
The Northmen took the opening kickoff of the second half and they moved the ball through the air. This included a 4th and 14 conversion Kline to Chavez. The duo then hooked up again for a 15 yard touchdown pass. Chavez also connected on the kick.
This started a scoring frenzy. On the Hornets first play from scrimmage, Whitmill took the handoff broke through line and went 70 yards for the score. The two point run was no good.
Not to be out done, the Northmen scored on their first play from scrimmage. Stigger took a handoff and raced 48 yards for a touchdown. Chavez again converted the kick. The third quarter ended with the Hornets up 30 - 28.
The fourth quarter began with a big play from the Northmen special teams. With the Hornets punting from deep in their own territory, the Northmen blocked the punt Brysen Stigger scooped up the loose ball and went 11 yards for the score. The two point run fell short.
The Northmen controlled the ball and drove into the redone but the Hornets held them out of the end zone, but Chavez drilled a 26 yard field goal.
The Hornets were trying to move the ball quickly and as John Sanchez dropped back to pass he fumbled. Cody Milligan calmly picked up the ball and returned it for a touchdown and the final points of the game as the two point run was no good.
The loss dropped the Hornets record to 3 - 6. Next week they will finish up the regular season on the road as the play the Liberty North Eagles. The Northmen improved to 1 - 6 and they will be home against the Staley Falcons.
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