LS North stops BS South

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: September 1, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Many coaches might consider themselves fortunate to convert one fake punt play in a season, much less two.

Lee’s Summit North, however, converted two in one game Friday night against visiting Blue Springs South. Both times, a run by up-man and senior linebacker Myles Craddock kept alive what turned into a touchdown drive by the Broncos as they upended their Suburban Big Seven foe, 29-16.

North coach Jamar Mozee, whose team improved to 2-1 overall and in conference play, said both runs by Craddock over the left side were spur-of-the-moment calls.

“We practiced it, but it was the way (the Jaguars) were aligned,” Mozee said. “They lined up the same both times.

“It’s a confidence booster, but the best part is we’re already playing confident. That’s a place a place we haven’t been. They’re confident and having fun, that’s the key.”

Craddock’s first run, a 10-yarder, came on fourth-and-8 from the Broncos’ own 39 late in the first quarter. Two plays later, quarterback Christian Carter started left and squirted out to the right for a 43-yard run to the 6. Ontario Russell barreled into the end zone on the next play to end the quarter. Nich Havlik kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead.

Craddock’s second run went for 9 yards on fourth-and-6 early in the fourth quarter. Four snaps later, Russell scored from 23 yards out to cap an 11-play, 83-yard drive and make it 29-9 with 7:36 remaining.

“It’s a good call by their coaching staff; give credit to them,” South coach Jon Oyler said of the two conversions.

South, which fell to 0-3 (0-2 Big Seven), appeared poised to score first, taking the opening drive and moving to the Bronco 7 in 14 plays. But on second-and-goal, Brody Parker’s pass to the end zone was deflected by Jaylen Hickles and intercepted by Jordan Murray.

On North’s second play from scrimmage, Carter found a hole over left tackle and was off to the races for a 74-yard touchdown.

South drew within 14-9 in the second quarter when Nathan Rockwell’s 24-yard field goal capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive and Parker added a 1-yard sneak after the Jaguars forced a punt and took over at the Bronco 42.

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