Park Hll tops BS South for for 3rd straight win
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Park Hill dictated the pace and built a first-quarter lead they would never relinquish, beating Blue Springs South 31-10 on Friday night at Park Hill District Stadium.
From the first drive of the game the Trojans pounded the ball right at the Jaguars leaning heavily on their run game in an effort to control the line of scrimmage.
"I thought we had a great game plan and the kids made plays," Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. "We had a great week of preparation and it showed tonight with our focus and effort. Our team has seen a lot of adversity this season and we know how to come back from that.
Our kids are trending the right way at the end of the year."
The game plan was executed from the opening kick as the Trojans (6-3) needed just 2:47 to put up their first points of the night. Park Hill junior running back Dorian Clayton busted through the Jaguars' defense for a 24-yard touchdown run to give the Trojans an early 7-0 lead.
On their next drive, Park Hill added to their lead with a 32-yard field goal from senior Parker Sampson and it was 10-0 with 5:01 left in the first.
South (4-5) got untracked with a big pass play that moved it all the way inside the Park Hill 5. On the next play, sophomore Austin Terry punched it in to cut the lead to three (10-7) at the 3:50 mark.
The Trojans pushed their lead back to 10, early in the second quarter with a drive that was punctuated by a third-down TD pass from quarterback Billy Maples to junior Ronnie Bell. The eight-yard scoring strike put Park Hill in front 17-7 with just over nine minutes left in the quarter.
The Jaguars had a chance to chip away at the lead but missed a field goal and Park Hill remained on top by 10 at halftime.
A scoreless third quarter made it either teams' game heading into the final 12 minutes.
In the fourth, Park Hill was able to put the game away with two TDs, while South was only able to muster a field goal. With 8:50 left in the game, DJ Johnson raced down the sideline for 59 yards and a Park Hill touchdown to give the home team a 24-7 lead.
The Jaguars' field goal of 42 yards by Jake Roark came with seven minutes to play and kept the Jaguars within two scores, but the Trojans erased any fleeting hope of a comeback on their next possession and ensuing kickoff.
With just 3:35 left, Maples connected with Johnson on a seven-yard TD pass to make it a 21-point lead (31-10). The Trojans then caught South by surprise with an onside kick they were able to recover allowing them run out the clock and claim sixth win of the season.
"You have to give Park Hill all the credit," Blue Springs South head coach Jon Oyler said. "Our kids gave everything they had, but they (Park Hill) really shut us down tonight and made some big time plays."
The Trojans enter the postseason winning three in a row and four out of five.
"This district is as tough as they come," Hood said. "Every night is going to be a battle. We feel like we're up for the challenge and hopefully if we have the effort and focus we've had the last few weeks, we'll continue to play another week."
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