Excelsior Springs tops Oak Park to stay perfect

By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 2, 2016 - 11:44 PM



Oak Park looked to improve on their record after losing by 29 the first week and 31 the second. The Northmen faced off against an Excelsior Springs team that put up 40-points the first week and 41-points the second and look to extend their record to 3-0.
 
In the end it would be the Tigers that would get the win 14-7 to keep Oak Park winless on the season.
 
The opening kickoff went to Excelsior Springs, Jackson Creason started the game off with a 17-yard return and gave the Lions good field position at their own 37-yard line. Then on their opening drive, Peyton Soria ran the ball for 12-yards on first down.
 
It looked like Excelsior Springs was off to the races again. But, Kevin Orange andOak Park looked to improve on their record after losing by 29 the first week and 31 the second. 
 
The opening kickoff went to Excelsior Springs, Jackson Creason started the game off with a 17-yard return and gave the Lions good field position at their own 37-yard line. Then on their opening drive, Peyton Soria ran the ball for 12-yards on first down. It looked like Excelsior Springs was off to the races again. But, Kevin Orange and Ross Sims sacked Soria on 3rd down and forced a punt.
 
Oak Park’s opening drive started off with offsetting penalties and then on 3rd and 10, quarterback Andrew Harris hit Abraham Chavez for a 23-yard first down pick up. But, the offense quickly stalled after that and they were forced to punt. 
 
Both teams exchanged quick drives which resulted in no points. After Excelsior Springs had a quick 3-and-out, Oak Park took over on their own 41 yard line. The Northmen proceeded with solid drive. They converted three first downs on the drive, capped off by a 26-yard run for a TD by Forrest Rhea, the extra-point by Izzie Esteban but the Lions on top 7-0 with 10:23 left in the 2nd quarter.
 
Excelsior Springs’ kick returner, Landon Seely had another good return of 31-yards and Excelsior looked great starting on their own 45-yard line. The Lions put together a huge 12-play drive, they needed to punch the TD in. But, on the Goal Line, with 4th & Goal, Oak Park held their ground and denied the Lions the opportunity to tie the game.
Oak Park did very little on their next drive, so they were forced to punt.
 
Again, Landon Seely has another great punt return of 21-yards, putting the ball on Oak Parks on 23-yard line. Oak Park did all they could to keep the Lions out of the end zone. Kevin Orange and Gage Carter both had tackles for loss, but in the end, CJ Rhodes took the end around to the left side and finally put the Lions on the board. The XP by Peyton Soria was wide left, but they were on the board and only down by 1-point going into the half.
 
Both teams had trouble getting started in the second half. On Excelsior Springs 2nd possession, Corbyn Hutchings coughed up the football and Cruz Valles fell on the ball for the fumble recovery. Oak Park was shut down by Excelsior on a quick 3-and-out. Then on Excelsior’s next possession, Landon Seely muffed the punt and Jesi Bediako jumped on the fumble and took the ball away from Excelsior Springs in consecutive possessions. 
 
Oak Park quickly gave the ball back to the Excelsior Springs when Landon Seely redeemed himself with an Interception. Excelsior Springs & Oak Park both went 3-and-out on their next possession.
 
Twelve Minutes left in the game, Oak Park still leading 7-6. Excelsior Springs will start with the ball to start the quarter, on their own 8-yard line. There were some much needed big plays on this drive. 9-of-the-10 plays on the drive resulted in positive yards, including the biggest play of the drive with the 38-yard hookup with Dakota Rimmer from Peyton Soria. Mason Moreland also had a huge play with an 18-yard smash up the middle, getting the Lions to the 22-yard line. Rimmer and Soria would hook up again with a 14-yard strike. 3-plays later, Rimmer would bounce to the outside and run in the TD from 5-yards out. The Lions would go for two and Rimmer & Soria would hook up one more time for the 2-point conversion.
 
Oak Park had one last chance, but fell short against a dominant defense. Jackson Creason & Mason McDonald teamed up for an 8-yard loss sack that ultimately stopped Oak in the tracks. The Lions finished out the last 4:29 running the ball 9-times for 34-yards and Peyton Soria ended the game on a kneel down and Excelsior Springs would improve to 3-0. A very nice come from behind win for Excelsior Springs.
 
Oak Parks Forrest Rhea lead the team with 73-yards on 13-carries with 1-TD, he also added 5.5 tackles. Ros Sims seemed to be everywhere on the field. Sims finished with 7.5 tackes, .5 sack, 1.5 tackles for loss. Jesi Bediako had a solid game with 6.5 tackles and a Fumble Recovery.
 
Excelsior Springs, Jackson Creason finished with 46-rushing yards, 17-return yards, 6-tackles, .5-sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss. Mason Moreland led the team with 7-tackles; he also had 20-rushing yards, .5-sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss. Dakota Rimmer hadded 5-rushing yards, 53-receiving yards, 3.5 tackles, 2-point conversion and TD.
 
Oak Park (0-3) plays North Kansas City (0-3) next Friday while Excelsior Springs travels to Richmond (3-0). 
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