PH South dominates Fort Osage
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Park Hill South completed an incredible turnaround from a season ago with a 37-6 win over Fort Osage to win the district championship on Friday night at Park Hill District Stadium.
"Our kids were fired up and on a mission tonight," Park Hill South head coach Mike Sharp said. "They wanted a district championship against a good team. I'm very proud of them. It's the kids and our coaching staff. The kids truly trust our coaches and do a great job of preparing in the off-season and now they're reaping the benefits of that."
Up by 16, the Panthers blew the game wide open in the early going of the third quarter. At the 10:26 mark running back Emanuel Butler raced passed the Fort Osage defense on a 55-yard sprint into the end zone that extended the South lead to 23-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, South recovered an onside kick and on the very next play, quarterback Zach Suchanick dialed up the long ball connecting with senior wideout Jake Springer for a 50-yard TD pass.
The lead was now 30 and the Panthers weren't done yet.
Suchanick did it with his legs this time outrunning the Indians D for
57 yards and a score. Less than three minutes into the third, South had put a stranglehold on the contest with a 37-0 lead.
"This was goal two of three for us and we want to keep going," Sharp said. "Will need to evaluate injuries, figure out who our next opponent is and go from there."
The Panthers, who outgained Fort Osage 334-220, opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal from Stephen Personelli at the 7:41 mark of the first quarter to go up 3-0.
A little more than two minutes later, Springer scooped up a fumble and returned it to the Indians' 37. The turnover resulted in the first touchdown of the game, a 9-yard TD run by senior Caeden Bowen. By the end of the first it was a 10-point South lead.
The lone second-quarter score from the Panthers stretched the lead to
16 as Butler plunged into the end zone with 2:35 to go in the half.
Fort Osage (5-6) avoided the shutout on an 18-yard TD pass from Ty Baker to Richard Wiseman with just over one minute left in the game.
The PAT was blocked.
The 10-1 Panthers will next face Staley (9-2), who topped Liberty 36-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of Class 5.
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