PH South defense strong in win over Grandview

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 27, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Park Hill South allowed just one score and used a quick-strike offense to beat Grandview 27-8 for their second win of the season.

After a scoreless first quarter, South threatened to put the game away in the second quarter. The Panthers opened the scoring with a touchdown run from senior Caeden Bowen at the 10:35 mark of the quarter to go up 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, South perfectly executed an onside kick recovering at the Grandview 45.

Less than four minutes later, Bowen rushed for his second score of the game from six yards out and the Panthers were up by 14.

Grandview's Sylvester Brewster picked off a Zach Suchanick pass and returned it to midfield, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize and forced to punt.

On the punt the Bulldogs were given new life as South fumbled at their own 1-yard-line and Grandview recovered.

Senior Terrence Johnson punched it in on the very next play, then ran in the 2-point conversion to make it a six-point game (14-8) with just over two minutes left in the half.

The Panthers pushed the lead back to double-digits before the half as Suchanick connected with Jake Springer on a nine-yard slant route giving the hosts a 20-8 halftime advantage.

In the second half, South remained firmly in control adding a another rushing TD, by Suchanick, in the third quarter which accounted for the final margin of victory.

"We talk about overcoming adversity and riding the roller coaster with our kids all the time," Panthers head coach Mike Sharp said. "Grandview has some tremendous athletes who can run. We just had to make sure we kept them contained."

Park Hill South (2-0) takes on rival Park Hill (1-1) next week at Park Hill District Stadium at 7 p.m.

"Considering we won two games as a program last season we feel real good about where we're at after two games," Sharp said. "We have a big week of preparation ahead, our team loves playing the guys up north."