Park Hill raced out to a 35-point lead and cruised to a 41-21 win over Lee's Summit North to open the 2017 season at Park Hill District Stadium Friday night.
"I thought we executed well early, but we needed to step on the gas better in the second half," Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. "Our defense is going to be a huge plus for us this year. We feel like we have all the parts for an outstanding defense. Offensively, we did a good job of mixing it up. If we can have the right mix of run and pass our offense will be tough to defend."
The Trojans totaled 270 yards in the first half alone gaining the early advantage with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. Senior quarterback Billy Maples connected with Damian Sigers on a 5-yard TD strike to give the home team a 7-0 lead. Park Hill then then turned to the ground attack as running back Dorian Clayton busted free for a 12-yard touchdown with less than one minute to play in the first.
It was still a 14-point lead for the Trojans when their defense turned LS North over on downs with less than two minutes left in the half.
Park Hill cashed in on their two-minute offense with a 15-yard pass from Maples to Joe Webb with just 30 seconds left on the clock.
Touchdown passes from Maples to Ronnie Bell on back-to-back Park Hill possessions made it 35-0 with 6:18 left in the third.
A LS North TD pass and 2-point conversion made it 35-8 after three quarters and just seconds into the fourth, LS North found the end zone again cutting the lead to 21.
Maples threw his third TD to Bell in the fourth to push the edge to 41-14.
The Broncos capped the scoring with a rushing TD with less than one minute left in the game.
Park Hill (1-0) welcomes Lee's Summit to Park Hill District Stadium next week, while LS North (0-1) hosts Raymore-Peculiar.