Park Hill South blanks St. Joseph Central

By John Zetmeir News-Press Now
Posted: September 7, 2018 - 9:59 PM

On a wet and muddy night at Noyes Field, the Central Indians could not get their first win of the season in their Suburban Conference opener.

Two big plays and a pair of safeties separated Park Hill South and Central as the Panthers won for the fourth year in a row with an 18-0 victory Friday.

After a pair of frustrating drives by both teams, the Panthers got on the scoreboard when a Central snap on a punt was not fielded cleanly and ended up in the end zone to give Park Hill South a 2-0 lead with a safety.

The same scenario reappeared in the second quarter when a mismanaged snap on a punt resulted in the second safety of the night.

“The kids fought hard, we’ve been fighting around in the mud all week long in practice and to not come out and play as well as we’d like to is really disappointing,” Central coach Regi Trotter said.

Central allowed just one big play offensively on the night and it came late in the second quarter when Park Hill South running back Ta’Von Tusa broke through the Indians' defense for a 50-yard touchdown run.

Central looked energized to start the second half.

On the first drive after halftime, quarterback Taylor Wells broke a 51-yard run. Despite getting the ball to Park Hill South’s 15-yard line, the team didn’t get any points from the drive, eventually turning the ball over on downs.

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