LS North stuns Ray-Pec

By Kyle Yehle PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: August 26, 2017 - 1:00 AM

From the first play of the game, Lee's Summit North made its statement clear - Raymore-Peculiar's No. 8 ranking didn't intimidate it at all.

Bronco junior tailback John Eldridge took the first handoff 91 yards around the left end and tore past Raymore-Peculiar defenders for a lightning-fast touchdown, the first of many in a 65-27 romp of the Panthers.

"My receiver Keyon [Mozee] was blocking for me and sealed the edge," Eldridge said. "I just saw an opening and took off."

That score dictated how the rest of the night would go for Lee's Summit North. On their next possession, the Broncos mixed four run plays with a pass ending in a 20-yard burst into the end zone by fellow junior tailback Ontario Russell.

"From what we saw on film, we could get away with some of that," Bronco head coach Jamar Mozee said.

The teams traded drives before Raymore-Peculiar's senior quarterback Noah Durham found sophomore receiver Luke Grim in the midst of the secondary on a third-and-11 play. With 1:59 left in the first quarter, Grim gathered the ball and evaded four defenders, successfully diving for the visitor-side pylon to halve the deficit 14-7 on a 31-yard catch.

Lee's Summit North answered almost 20 seconds later with a 74-yard quarterback keeper by junior signal-caller Christian Carter.

Both teams traded scores twice to make it 35-20 at halftime, but the Broncos rumbled out of the break to force a safety, score another ground strike, and pick off an errant throw for a touchdown. By then, Lee's Summit North led 51-20 and had gifted the Panthers with an unexpected early-season upset.

"It's good that our kids played together," Mozee said. "That's been my goal since I took the job, and it's been the hardest thing to do. We are talented, but it's getting them to play as a group."