In a contest with more than 60 points scored, a well-placed juke move on a punt perhaps made all the difference in Grain Valley picking up a 35-28 victory over Park Hill South on Friday at Preston Field at Park Hill High School.
The start of the fourth quarter saw Grain Valley go for it on fourth down and come up short. On the next drive, the Eagles struggled to get much offense going and were pinned deep in their own end, clinging to a 28-21 lead.
Parker Bosserman went back to punt and stood at around the 20-yard line.
The snap wasn’t perfect and Bosserman had to reach down to get it. By the time he looked up and prepared to kick, a Park Hill South defender jumped in the air to block the kick.
Instead, Bosserman jumped to his left, ran a few yards and got a punt off left-footed – a tricky feat for a usual right-footed punter. The ball ended up rolling to the 49-yard line.
“If you ever watched Parker Bosserman play, you know there some times he just does crazy things and you go, ‘Oh wow, how did that happen,” teammate and starting quarterback Cole Keller said. “That also comes with a few heart attacks and if you would’ve saw my reaction, it was having a heart attack on the sideline.
“I’m telling you any game we …Parker and I are really close; we have played together since kindergarten and went to preschool together. Every game we have ever played, he is the dude that is Mr. Clutch. He does freaking things in high-pressure situations. That literally could’ve been the momentum swing for this game, and he held it together and got it off. It was magic.”
That ‘magic’ led to a big swing of events that ultimately flipped the game in favor of Grain Valley, now 3-0 – the best start in at least the past decade according to MSHSAA records.
Park Hill South (1-2) was penalized for a blindside block on the return and instead of starting at the 49-yard line, the ball was moved back to the 34-yard line.
Then, on the next play, the snap sailed over Park Hill South quarterback Nathan Ricco’s head and rolled.
Grain Valley’s Jayden Jacobson ended up with the ball at the Panthers’ 17-yard line, the third turnover created by the Eagles. An earlier fumble recovery led to the first touchdown for Grain Valley, while another was Brayden Cary’s interception in the end zone to thwart a drive.