PH South gets past tough Liberty North

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 23, 2016 - 11:24 PM

Class 5, No. 8 Park Hill South lost the lead twice, trailing for most of the second half, but found a way to get it done beating Liberty North 15-14 on Friday night at Park Hill District Stadium.

The Panthers scored with under three minutes left in the game to take their first lead (15-14) since the third quarter and held off one last gasp from the Eagles in their hopes of an upset bid.

"Liberty North's defense is tremendous, their defensive front four is as big as we'll see and we struggled with them," Park Hill South head coach Mike Sharp said. "The good news is, when we needed to score points we were able to do that. This is a great win for our kids. Liberty North has historically been a good football program."

The Panthers jumped on top with a field goal from Stephen Personell at the 1:23 mark of the first. The successful 20-yard attempt made it 3-0.

The slim margin remained through the rest of the half as the Eagles' only scoring opportunity was a field goal that missed its mark, allowing South to go into the half up by three.

Personelli started the scoring again in the second half with a 44-yard FG to give South a 6-0 lead, however this time North answered and quickly.

Just 49 seconds later, senior running back Jon Redmond showed his speed racing 70 yards for the score and with 8:09 to go in the third the Eagles led 7-6.

South turned to Personelli once more as he converted a 39-yard attempt to put the Panthers back up (9-7) with 6:19 to play in the quarter.

North stayed on the ground to regain the lead just over one minute later.

Junior QB Taylor Bayton scooted around the South defense on a 32-yard scamper to put the Eagles ahead by five (14-9) and keep the upset bid alive.

North's lead held until late into the contest before the Panthers broke through with just 2:42 left.

South senior quarterback Zach Suchanick connected with running back Caeden Bowen on a rollout touchdown pass which put the Panthers up for good at 15-14.

North had time for a rally, but the South defense came up with an interception in the final minute to secure the victory.

The Panthers improve to 5-1 ahead of their road game at Liberty (5-1) next week.

Liberty North (2-4) next plays at St. Joseph Central (1-5).