Park Hill shuts out Park Hill South

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 2, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Prior to Friday night's game between crosstown rivals Park Hill and Park Hill South at Park Hill District Stadium, Trojans head coach Josh Hood said the ability to take an early lead would be key.

"We really want to come out strong and take control of the game in the early going if we can," Hood said. "When we get the early momentum we've really been able to get things rolling this season."

Park Hill (3-0) did just that pitching a shutout and holding the Panthers to just 31 yards of offense in the first half on their way to a 42-0 win.

As the Trojans have made a habit of doing this season, their offense struck quickly through the air. Less than two minutes into the game, quarterback Billy Maples threw a screen pass to DJ Johnson who did the rest, ducking and dodging defenders on his way into the end zone.

Another Maples-to-Johnson connection with 5:06 to play in the first made it a 14-0 lead for Park Hill.

With just over seven minutes to play in the first half, Maples threw his third TD pass of the game to Ronnie Bell and it was 21-0, in favor of the Trojans.

The Trojans exploded out of the locker room at the start of the second half pushing the lead to 28 on a touchdown strike from Maples to Bell.

With 7:39 left in the third, Bell scored his third TD of the night taking a punt return to the house and giving Park Hill a 35-0 lead.

The next and final big play of the game for the Trojans came on an end around by junior Payton Stanfield who sprinted 78 yards for the game's final score.

With a running clock in play and a 42-point difference on the scoreboard the game was called with more than nine minutes to play when several fights broke out in the stands.

Park Hill moves to 3-0 on the season and is back at home next week to face Blue Springs.

PH South (1-2) is at St. Joseph Central next Friday.