PH South leads SJ Central before delay

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 9, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The weather was again the major storyline as St. Joseph Central visited Park Hill South.

For the third time in four weeks, games across the city were affected as the Indians and Panthers sat through a two-hour delay before the decision was made to postpone the game until Saturday at 11 a.m.

Trailing after one quarter on Friday night, Park Hill South took control of the game by outscoring the Indians 21-6 in the second quarter.

Central moved in front after 12 minutes on the strength of their rushing attack led by senior running back Izzy Smith, who rushed for two scores in the quarter.

Central scored on the opening drive of the game as Smith punched it in from three yards out. The PAT was blocked and it was 6-0 Indians.

The Panthers came right back with a score on their first drive. Quarterback Zach Suchanick crossed the goal line with 5:21 to play in the first to put South up 7-6.

Smith's second rushing score at the 2:44 mark had the Indians back in front 12-7 after the Panthers again blocked the extra point.

Just three seconds into the second quarter the lead changed hands once more.

Senior wide receiver Jake Springer took a direct snap and ran it in to give South the 14-12 edge.

Smith broke loose again on a 23-yard scamper making it 18-14, in favor of the Indians with just over nine minutes left in the half.

The Panthers surged ahead in the final five minutes of the second quarter with two more rushing TDs, one each from Suchanick and Springer, to lead 28-18 at the break.

Action will resume with South leading 35-24. Central overcame the double-digit deficit in the second half to move within four (28-24) with 9:22 to go in the third, but the Panthers scored just seconds into the fourth to go up by 11.