Olathe North stifles Olathe Northwest

By Andrew Robinson PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 12, 2017 - 8:42 PM

It was tough for Olathe North head coach Chris McCartney to hide his smile following the Eagles’ 21-0 victory over Olathe Northwest on Thursday evening at the Olathe District Activities Center.

Olathe North’s defense led the way with two fumbles recovered, an interception, a key fourth down stop and a blocked field goal.

McCartney was particularly proud of his defense, especially after the Eagles (4-3, 3-2 Sunflower League) gave up a combined 95 points in back to back weeks earlier this season to Shawnee Mission East and Blue Springs South.

“We had a pretty tough schedule especially after some big losses and we had some big ones,” McCartney said. It’s really important they stuck with it. The defensive coaching staff did a really good job of keeping those guys together because they could’ve folded a long time ago.”

After starting the season 1-3, Olathe North has now strung together three straight victories and prior to Friday’s games sat as the no. 4 team in the 6A East standings.

“It’s a big win because we’re not really fond of northwest, but to come together as a team and beat our rival means a lot,” said Olathe North senior running back and defensive back Jevon Parrish.

As for its offensive effort, the Eagles first got on the board with a two-yard touchdown run from Parrish. Olathe North put Parrish in the wildcat formation several times including key third downs.

Down 7-0, Olathe Northwest did get into the red zone on its first drive of the second half, but on 4th and one, Olathe North stopped a quarterback keeper on its own four yard line. The Ravens wouldn’t get any closer to the end zone the rest of the night.

Late in the third quarter, it was Parrish who got the Eagles a key third down conversion to keep a drive alive, and then scored a few plays later on another keeper from 11 yards out.

With Olathe Northwest (2-5, 2-3 Sunflower League) looking for any momentum it could to get itself back in the game, Olathe North senior defensive lineman Ryan Huck recovered a fumble.

Guess who scored a few plays later for the Eagles? Yep, it was Parrish, from four yards out.

“He’s one of our toughest kids we’ve ever had,” McCartney said of Parrish. “He’s not very big but he’s gonna give all heart. I can’t say enough about Jevon.”

Olathe Northwest wraps up its season hosting Shawnee Mission South next week, while Olathe North plays at Shawnee Mission Northwest.