Lee's Summit's rides D to win over LS North

Jeff Stead/PrepsKC

By Bill Knust PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 23, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Lee’s Summit’s defense made sure it did its part in a 55-28 victory at Lee’s Summit North. The Tigers defense forced five turnovers, turning three into touchdowns – a blocked punt recovered in the end zone, a fumble return and an interception return – to propel an offense that sputtered at times against the Broncos.

Each time the defensive score sapped momentum from the Broncos, perhaps none bigger than Ben Lock’s 4-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the first half to push the Tigers’ lead back to 27-14. The Broncos wouldn’t get any closer than 13 points the rest of the game.

Lee’s Summit North had cut the lead to six points, 20-14, on running back Tori Hicks’ 2-yard score with 2 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Broncos then forced a punt, but another great special teams play saw the Tigers down the ball at North’s 1-yard line. Two plays later quarterback Caleb Aston coughed up the ball and Lock did the rest.

“It was a great defensive effort tonight,” Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas said. “They kept us in it. We struggled in the third quarter, but they kept fighting and kept us in it. They did a great job.”

Lee’s Summit trailed only once in the game as the Broncos took the opening kickoff and covered 72 yards in just four plays. Aston had a hand in all four plays completing all three passes in the drive and running once for 16 yards. His 35-yard pass to a streaking Cameron Hairston gave the Broncos the start they were hoping for.

Coming out of halftime, Lee’s Summit quarterback Dalton Hill found a seam to scramble and outraced the North defense 54 yards for the score.

“That was a pretty good jump(start) for us,” Hill said. “Anytime you can come out of halftime and score it allows you to not have to lay back and press so much.”

Hill finished the night with 10 carries for 102 yards and the score. He also completed 20-of-36 passes for 266 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Backup quarterback Saul Villar Medina tried to get the Broncos back in the game, tossing a 22-yard touchdown to Hairston on the ensuing possession, but Villar Medina would throw two interceptions in the fourth quarter, one returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Ronnell Jones, extinguishing any comeback hopes for North.

It was another situation where mistakes were the difference in a win or loss for the Broncos.

“We can play with anybody, and we do at times,” North coach Jamar Mozee said. “Sometimes I believe we are better than the teams beating us, but it is mistakes. We work too hard. You go over things. You practice the same things over and over again, and I don’t know. We need to do some self-reflecting myself and the team.”

A bright spot was Hicks at running back. He carried it 25 times for 131 yards and two scores. He also caught four passes for 62 yards.

“That is two weeks in a row he has really run hard like that,” Mozee said. “I challenged him tonight on the sidelines because I needed someone to make some plays.”

Lee’s Summit running back Sal Garozzo punched in two scores late for the final spread and finished with 68 yards on 13 carries.