LS North holds off Olathe Northwest for win

By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 15, 2016 - 10:22 PM

Third and goal, six seconds left and the Olathe Northwest Ravens stood one yard away from victory. Coming out of their final timeout, the Ravens lined up in the shotgun, the ball’s snapped quarterback Easton Crupper found his tight end Ryan Andrew on a curl route who was met and stood up by a flurry of Broncos defenders and driven back. The Lee’s Summit North Broncos had done something they haven’t done all season: taste victory.

Lee’s Summit North (1-4) goal line stand capped off a well-executed game for head coach Jamar Mozee and the Bronco’s first season win.

“It’s pretty neat to come over here (to Kansas) and get your first win, hopefully this leads to more,” said Mozee. “Guys have been working hard, we just haven’t came out on the good side of things and to come down to the last second was pretty scary but we won and I’m proud of my guys.”

The Broncos defense was stingy in the red-zone only surrendering 16 points but the Lee’s Summit North offense stole the show. Senior running back Tori Hicks had the play of the night catching a bobbled handoff, cutting back and exploded for a 59-yard touchdown. Hicks 59-yard touchdown run was a game-changer.

“It a pitch to the left, I got it and saw they were over-persuing,” Hicks said. “I took a L cut, cut up, and saw open space and just used my speed to get there and go score.”

Hick’s was the Bronco’s workhorse but he definitely got help from another fellow senior receiver Cameron Hairston. Hairston used his huge frame (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) to routinely gain yards by the chunk on his way to a 100 yard receiving night. Hicks and Hairston provided the senior leadership needed for the Broncos first win.

“It was a big win for us, for me, for my line, for everybody on my team,” said Hicks. “We just really wanted one, my team wanted a big win and we got one tonight.”

For coach Chip Sherman and the Olathe Northwest Ravens (0-3) it was another gut-wrenching night.

“We gotta finish, we lost a double overtime game, we lost an overtime game and we lost with one yard, I mean we’re so close,” said Sherman. “The kids are working hard, resilient, we just gotta get back on the horse and keep going.”

Despite the loss, the Ravens had some bright spots. Offensively, running back Charlie Pfister rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown while receiver Joe Hatzfeld caught four balls for 52 yards but their defense looked the part, especially the second half. After surrendering 21 points in the first half, Coach Sherman and the Raven’s defense shut out the Broncos offense and the second half.

“They made good halftime adjustments and the defensive guys did a good job in putting us in a positon to win and obviously we came up one-yard short,” Sherman said.

Coach Sherman and the Olathe Northwest Ravens will seek their first win at Shawnee Mission North while the Lee’s Summit North Broncos and coach Mozee will play Lee’s Summit at home.