Park Hill Rolls Lee's Summit North
By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
After a 19 hour halftime, the season opener between Park Hill High School and Lee’s Summit North resumed. Park Hill picked up right where they left off taking the kick off past midfield. DJ Johnson added to his touchdown total taking a bubble screen 31 yards to the house. A blocked PAT made the score 30-6 Trojans. Johnson, a converted wide receiver, took over at running back after the starter broke his jaw just prior to the start of the season.
“After our starting running back broke his jaw he told me, ‘You got to step your game up,’” Johnson said. “I have been playing that position since seventh grade, and I’m back.”
The rain delay didn’t slow down Park Hill’s defense either. The Trojans picked off another deflected pass for their fourth interception of the game.
“We are playing a lot of young guys, “ Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said, “and it feels like we got two games under our belt instead of just one. We really stress take aways and Coach Crutcher’s plan is aggressive and opportunistic and the guys made plays.”
PHHS capped off another short drive with a 19 yard slant to Billy Maples. At the end of the third quarter Park Hill led 37-6
LSN looked to be gaining some momentum by driving down the field until Caleb Aston floated a 25 yard pass toward the goal line. Devin Haney out jumped the Bronco wideout pulling down his second interception of the day.
The Broncos wouldn’t quit. Aston finally connected with senior wide receiver Cameron Hairston for a 46 yard touchdown. On their next possession Aston hooked up with Hairston for a 40 yard strike over down the left seam. Two plays later Aston found junior tight end Jamil Naser for a seven yard touchdown.
“It was important for us to keep playing,” Lee’s Summit North head coach Jamar Mozee said. “We are starting a lot of young guys, and the more reps we can get the better. That is why I kept [the starters] out there until the end.”
The final score saw Park Hill defeat Lee’s Summit North 37 -19. Park Hill takes on Lee’s Summit in the next game August 26 and Lee’s Summit travels to Ray-Pec.
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