Clawing all the way back

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 26, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Down but not out, Shawnee Mission Northwest fell behind by as many as

21 points before coming all the way back to beat Shawnee Mission North

35-28 in Class 6A playoff action on Friday night.

With 7:41 left to go in the game, the Cougars took over and burned over six minutes off the clock. The key play came on a 4th-and-2 at the North 28, which Northwest converted to setup a 23-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ty Black to senior Dale Talley putting the Cougars ahead by seven (35-28) with just 1:08 left in the game.

Spencer Grunwell's interception with 38 seconds left was the nail in the coffin as Northwest (5-4) advances to play the No. 1 seed Gardner-Edgerton (9-0) next week.

"Our kids did a really good job of fighting back and no matter what that's something you can hang your hat on," SM Northwest head coach Bo Black said. "We've talked all year about fighting hard and never giving up. I'm very proud of the effort. We did a good job defensively in the second half. They were begging us to run the ball and we're not a great running team, but our quarterback and offensive line really came through in the second half."

After a scoreless first quarter, North’s ground attack became the story of the second quarter.

The Indians (4-5) broke the tie on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Billy Conaway with 8:06 to play in the half.

Conaway added another rushing score on North’s next possession racing for 39 yards to put the Indians ahead 14-0 with 5:03 to go in the second.

The lead grew to 21 on a 56-yard run by North's De’Aric Quinn with less than two minutes left in the first half.

Northwest got a much needed scoring as time expired in the first half on a reverse pass to cut the lead to 21-7 at the break.

The Cougars kept the momentum into the third quarter getting a big defensive stop followed by another score.

Ty Black’s quarterback sneak at the 7:29 mark of the third made it 21-14.

Northwest’s defense came up big once again as senior defensive lineman Donte Beasely recovered a fumble at the North 43.

Just a few plays later, Ty Black ran it in again to tie the game at 21 with 2:30 left in the quarter.

After a missed field goal by the Indians in the opening minute of the fourth, the teams traded touchdowns and it was 28-28 with under eight minutes to go.