Park Hill South holds off St. Joseph Central

By John Zetmeir News-Press Now
Posted: September 8, 2017 - 10:49 PM

Not much separated Central and Park Hill South at Noyes Field on Friday night.

The Indians led briefly in the fourth quarter and were a two-point conversion away from stealing a win, but the Panthers held on 23-22 to leave St. Joseph with a victory.

Throughout the game, whenever someone pulled ahead, the opposing team had an answer. The epitome of that came in the fourth quarter.

Central (1-3) took its first lead of the game with 10 minutes, 20 seconds to go when sophomore quarterback Max Conard connected with junior Landon Pasley for a 40-yard touchdown. The team held the lead for 8 minutes before a safety tied the game and the Panthers (2-2) answered with a touchdown a minute later.

Conard led Central on an 80-yard drive that lasted 2 minutes, and it was capped off by a 3-yard scamper by Hunter Madison. Trailing 23-22, the Indians opted to go for the two-point conversion. It was a risk that did not pay off. The pass attempt from Conard to sophomore Mason Carr was broken up by the Park Hill South defense.

“We just drove all the way down the field,” Central coach Andy Ball said. “The guys worked their tails off. We had momentum and I had confidence in our offense. We just didn’t come down with it. If we come down with it, it’s a different story.”

Central had one final chance to win the game in the final 39 seconds after recovering an onside kick at midfield, but it could not move into position to kick a long field goal.

It was Central’s second loss by two points or less this season — only four games in.

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