Olathe North outlasts Olathe South
By Andrew Robinson PrepsKC staff writer
Olathe North overcame three first half turnovers and a few explosive plays of 20 yards or more on defense to beat cross-town Olathe South 21-20 at the Olathe District Activity Complex Friday night.
The Eagles (1-1, 1-0 Sunflower League) 21-14 lead became in doubt late in the fourth quarter after Olathe South quarterback Brett Beene found receiver Tre Adger streaking down the sideline for a 77-yard touchdown to get the Falcons within one point with 1:50 to play.
Olathe South (0-2, 0-2 Sunflower League) Head Coach Craig Lewis immediately called for a two-point conversion attempt, but the Falcons’ play was snuffed out by Olathe North defensive back Deion Poindexter giving the Eagles the victory after running out the clock.
“Our kids battled,” said Olathe North head coach Chris McCartney. “They don’t want to lose, that’s the last thing we want.”
It was another slow start for Olathe North, which found itself in a three-touchdown hole in the first quarter a week ago against Wichita Heights.
Olathe North trailed 14-6 going into halftime in part because of three fumbles. But the Falcons could only score seven points off the Eagles’ mistakes giving Olathe North an opportunity to hang around.
“We didn’t capitalize on hardly any of the turnovers,” Lewis said. “We killed ourselves in crucial situations.”
The turnovers have been an issue for Olathe North so far this season. They finished with four in Friday’s game and also struggled with them last week.
“That’s one thing we’ve had a problem with,” McCartney said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys playing and they’re learning how to play varsity football. Whenever you start a bunch of guys that are young and then have a whole new offense, there’s going to be turnovers.”
Luckily, for the Eagles they held onto the ball in the second half enough to take the lead.
After stopping Olathe South on its first possession, the Eagles used a six play, 33-yard drive capped by a seven-yard run by sophomore quarterback Mason Myers to tie the game at 14-14. The drive was anchored by the Eagles’ Jonya Boyd who carried the ball on five of the six plays in the drive. Boyd finished the game with 120 yards on 18 carries. The bulk of his carries, 14, came in the second half.
“He’s a workhorse man,” McCartney said. “He’s busting his butt, but he’s in really good shape, especially for playing both ways.”
Olathe North took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter after Meyer scored on his third rushing touchdown of the game, capping a 5-play 45-yard drive that was once again driven by Boyd who carried the ball on three of the five plays.
Boyd had a 42-yard run called back because the officials called him for illegally hurdling a player.
Boyd was pleased the Eagles were able to overcome the deficit and didn’t mind shouldering the rushing load.
“It means a lot,” Boyd said. “We took a tough loss last week, but we didn’t flinch.”
Olathe South got out to a 14-point lead in the first half. The Eagles opened the game with an eight-play, 53-yard drive highlighted by a 35-yard pass from quarterback Nick Jouret to Adger before Jouret punched it in for the Falcons from two yards out. Later in the first half, Jouret would score a 68-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper. Jouret would finish the game with 90 yards on 11 carries.
Next week both teams take on squads from the Missouri side. Olathe South hosts Lee’s Summit while Olathe North hosts Blue Springs South.
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