Plenty of fight in the Bulldogs

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 15, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Shawnee Mission Northwest welcomed the Grandview Bulldogs on Thursday September 15 for the 2016 Sunflower-Suburban Showdown. GHS overcame a slow first quarter and pulled away for a 50 - 14 win.

The Bulldogs marched down the field on their opening drive. Senior quarterback Cirr Davis lead his team mixing in runs and passes.  The drive was finished off by a 23 yard run by senior running back Terrence Johnson.

After a three and out by the Cougars, GHS fumbled the punt deep in their own territory. The Bulldog defense held tough however, and forced a field goal try. The kick was blocked keeping the score at 6-0.

“One of the things we have looked at on film the last two weeks has been our mistakes,” Grandview head coach Jeremie Picard said. “It has been having one mistake turn into two and three. So having one mistake not come back to burn us was huge.”

On the ensuing Northwest possession the Cougars used most the rest of the first quarter to drive the length of the field. SMNW picked up converted fourth downs as they got inside Grandview’s five yard line. Xavier Perry took the dive up the middle to tie the game in the opening minutes of the second quarter.

“We didn’t execute anything all night long,” Cougar head coach Bo Black said. “We were lucky to be able to get that. Grandview has a good football team with some good athletes and they did some good things tonight.”

The next drive looked to being going well for Shawnee Mission Northwest. They had the Bulldogs at 4th and 1. Johnson took the ball straight up the middle and was untouched until he got to the end zone 33 yards later. A two point conversion made the score 14-7. Then the flood gates would open for the Bulldogs.

Davis was a maestro the way he conducted his team. It seemed he always knew when to hand off, pass or tuck and run. On the next possession he did all three to great effect. He capped off the drive with a 16 yard read option run up the left side, 20-0 Bulldogs.

With just under two minutes left in the half SMNW tried to get some points back. After a successful quick pass, senior defensive back Marshaun Swift jumped an out route and made the interception for Grandview at midfield. After picking up one first down David found Tyler Hernandez over the middle. Hernandez did the rest turning a 10 yard reception into a 44 yard touchdown. The Bulldogs took a 28-6 lead into the locker room.

“In high school momentum is huge,” Picard said. “It just does so much for these guys emotions. I told our defense to just get us the ball back. I said we would put another one in if we could just get the ball again.”

After trading punts to open the third quarter, Davis launched a 48 yard bomb to Javon Williams streaking down the left sideline. Williams hauled in the pass and shrugged off a tackle to walk into the end zone.

The Cougars wouldn’t quite though. Spencer Stewart wouldn't be out done and tossed a bomb of his own. He found senior wideout Randall More for a 49 yard touchdown.

Grandview would add another touchdown for the game finished 50-14. Next week Grandview travels to Oak Park, and the Cougars host Lawrence Free State.