Park Hill moves past Lee's Summit

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 28, 2017 - 1:08 AM

Park Hill’s second-half surge turned a first-half deficit into a 21-10 win over Lee’s Summit on Friday night at Park Hill District Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, Lee’s Summit broke the tie with a field goal from Jacob Mrachek that hit the crossbar and bounced over for the 3-0 lead with 6:03 left in the half.

Park Hill drove deep into Tiger territory late in the second quarter, but they fumbled and Lee’s Summit recovered to keep the three-point lead intact at the break.

"The kids didn't feel like they played great in the first half, but came out with better energy in the second half and we're excited about the way they played," Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. "We have to do a better job when stuff goes against us. I thought they really answered the call in the second half."

The Trojans exploded out of the halftime locker room with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to take command of the game.

A fumble recovery on the first possession of the second half set up a 10-yard TD pass from Billy Maples to Jaylin Noel giving Park Hill a

7-3 lead.

With 3:50 to play in the third a Ronnie Bell touchdown run made it 14-3.

The lead grew to 18 (21-3) on the second rushing TD of the game by Bell from 50 yards out.

The Tigers finally broke the Park Hill momentum with a 36-yard TD pass from Preston Whitworth to Mitchell Tinsley with 28 seconds left in the quarter to make it 21-10.

However, in the fourth quarter the Trojans' D turned Lee's Summit over on downs at the 6:54 and 3:15 marks to preserve the victory and advance in the postseason.

Leading the way for Park Hill, who will play either Rockhurst or Lee's Summit West next week, was senior running back Dorian Clayton with 41 carries for 302 yards.

Lee's Summit ends their season at 5-6.