LS North gets historic win over Ray-Pec

By Ryan Weaver Special to the Examiner
Posted: October 27, 2018 - 12:02 AM

After 23 long years, Lee’s Summit North got its first postseason win in football Friday night.

Adding to the list of firsts for the 2018 Broncos, they finally got in the win column in district play with a 26-14 win over Raymore-Peculiar at the Bronco Athletic Complex in the Class 6 District 4 quarterfinals.

“If feels good, man,” said senior running back Ontario Russell. “Our school has done a lot of stuff for the first time this year, and to add this to our list, it’s more significant than anything. You know, we’ve never beat Blue Springs. We’ve never won a conference championship. But this is the biggest thing of them all because if we lose, we go home. To be the first one ever, it feels special.”

“It is an accomplishment,” said Broncos head coach Jamar Mozee, “a big accomplishment for, you know, it’s our team, it’s our school, our community. We’ve lost a long time. To win, to start to be winning, it’s big. And it’s a real sign that our program is on the up-and-up.”

Playing without starting quarterback Christian Carter, the running game, and more specifically, explosive running plays, gave the Broncos the edge. Russell and fellow running back Keyon Mozee combined for 280 yards rushing and three touchdowns of 50 yards or more.

“I challenged our O-line, our running backs,” said Jamar Mozee “and said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to win this game for us.’ And they did. They ran hard, and they made some plays.”

Russell rushed for 178 yards and two scores while Keyon Mozee added 102 yards and a 52-yard touchdown run.

Outside of one explosive play, neither team mustered a whole lot of offense in the first half. On the second play from scrimmage, Russell cut left and left the Panthers in the dust for a 60-yard touchdown to go up 7-0.

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