North KC tops Belton, stays undefeated

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 22, 2018 - 12:54 AM

Turn the C.J. Price hype machine up a few more notches. Actually go ahead and turn it all the way up.

Price, the North Kansas City running back, ran for 380 yards and seven touchdowns on just 23 carries. Oh, and the senior did it a different number than he’s ever worn at Northtown.

More on the jersey later, the Hornets defeated Belton 63-42 in a game that included 1,170 yards of total offense and over 100 total points.

“By now everyone knows what he is but there’s still so much more to him,” North Kansas City coach Leon Douglas said. “He responded and made plays. The kid is a warrior. The sky is the limit for that kid.”

On Friday the only thing that stopped Price was the end zone. Otherwise he was nearly untouchable.

Leading by seven in the third quarter and pinned inside their own 5, North Kansas City looked to Price. He went nearly untouched for a 97-yard run, the longest of his seven touchdowns with were from 97, 69, 49, 45, 28, 4 and 1.

“I gotta have it,” Price said when he recalled his approach before the 97-yard run. “I noticed the score and the situation we were put in. I looked at my lineman, who are great by the way, and said just give me an inch.”

Douglas echoed Price’s praise for the line.

“Our offensive line is moving people on a consistent basis,” Douglas said. “We have our style of what we want to do and we are able to get it done. Those guys as a collective group make it easy for a guy like CJ to navigate.”

Back to the jersey, according to the program all the success was attributed to freshman defensive back Kar’Mon Mathis. Who normally wears #28. Turns out Price’s #10 jersey disappeared sometime between the time he left his ice bath following North Kansas City’s victory over Fort Osage and Sunday morning.

That left tv videographers, public address announcers and fans all equally confused.

“I’m still waiting for it to pop up on ebay,” Price said.

It wasn’t without more drama than just the jersey. 

Despite jumping out to 35-0 lead, Belton battled back to pull the game within seven points with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

Quarterback Andrew Clark orchestrated the comeback throwing for 280 yards and three touchdowns. In all the Pirates racked up 473 yards of total offense including a 190 yards on the ground. Amo Asaeli led the way with 129 yards on just 18 carries.

For the Hornets, it was a change being the team that was circled on the schedule.

“I think it’s the different position,” Douglas said. “It’s still being a predator even though someone is coming after you. At the end of the day, it’s the first time where we’ve been the one targeted.”

North Kansas ity also picked up touchdowns from Brandon Hall, who finished the game with 125 yards on the ground and Daniel Joiner, Jr. who hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass.