Park Hill South tops Lee's Summit North
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Park Hill South's physical game plan allowed the Panthers to build an early lead on their way to a 40-23 win over Lee's Summit North at Park Hill District stadium.
The win moved the Class 5, No. 6 Panthers to 7-1 on the season ahead of next week's season finale at Truman. After winning just two games last season, South will claim the Suburban Red Conference Championship with a victory next Friday night.
"Our offensive coordinator had a good game plan of trying to put this game in a phone booth," Panthers head coach Mike Sharp said. "We thought we'd be more physical up front, control the clock and grind it out. This could have been a trap game for us, we didn't want a letdown. Now we can focus on winning the conference outright and make sure that it's ours."
South raced out to a two-score lead at they pounded the ball right at the Broncos from the opening possession.
The first drive of the game took nearly half of the first quarter and ended with South senior quarterback Zach Suchanick running it in from nine yards out. After a false start on the initial PAT attempt, the Panthers elected to go for two and converted to lead 8-0 at the 7:38 mark.
Another punishing drive to end the quarter resulted in more points for the home team as the lead grew to double-digits (15-0) on a Jake Springer TD plunge.
With 6:25 to play in the second, South kicker Stephen Personelli nailed a 29-yard field goal to make it 18-0.
North put up their first score of the game on a 88-yard TD bomb less than one minute later, but South answered right back.
Springer scored his second rushing TD of the half on a 13-yard run to make it 25-8.
Just 15 seconds later, North used a nearly identical route as they had scored on previously. This play resulted in a 53-yard TD from senior Caleb Aston to wide receiver Daron Davis. The subsequent 2-point conversion had the Broncos within nine points (25-16), which was the score at the half.
South forced an early second-half turnover and went right back to the run game to distance themselves in the third.
A fumble recovery resulted in a 22-yard touchdown run by Emanuel Butler, followed by a successful two-point conversion to make it a 33-16 edge for the Panthers.
With just 3:02 left to play the lead ballooned to 24, (40-16), on a South TD pass.
The Broncos kept fighting and closed the scoring with their third touchdown pass of the game, all by Aston, with just two minutes to play.
North (1-8) will close the regular season at home against Liberty next week.
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