Olathe North edges SM Northwest

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 21, 2017 - 1:41 AM

There were big plays in every phase of the game, the biggest of which came from the Olathe North defense as the Eagles fought off Shawnee Mission Northwest for a 26-22 win.

With the Eagles (5-3) leading by four and less than four minutes to play, Northwest's comeback attempt was ended by junior defensive back James Thomas' interception that allowed North to run out the clock and pick up their fifth win of the season.

"We just wanted it a little more at the end," North head coach Chris McCartney said. "This win definitely helps us with seeding and heading into the postseason. We just need to get a little bit more consistent offense going to have continued success."

It took just two minutes for the Cougars to take the opening drive down the field and go on top 6-0 on a quarterback sneak by Spencer Stewart.

On Northwest’s next drive the Eagles narrowed the margin to four by forcing a fumble that was recovered in the Cougars’ end zone for a safety.

North’s Daymonn Sanchez returned a punt to the Northwest 5-yard-line with 3:27 to play in the first and on the very next play, Jevon Parrish punched it in to give the Eagles a 9-6 edge.

Northwest (4-4) tied the score at nine with a field goal at 4:00 of the second quarter.

The tie wouldn’t last long though as Sanchez took the ensuing kickoff to the house giving the Eagles a 16-9 lead.

Thanks to a penalty, North added a field goal at the halftime horn to take a 10-point lead at the break.

Late in the third quarter the Cougars closed the gap with a touchdown pass from Stewart to Caleb Addington to make it 19-15 after three.

Less than one minute into the fourth the Cougars regained the lead for the first time since the first quarter. On 4th-and-1, senior BJ Harvey busted loose for 31 yards and a TD to put the home team back on top 22-19.

The lead changed hands again with 4:42 left in the game on a rushing TD by Sanchez that gave North a 26-22 lead.