Summit Christian tops Van Horn for big win

By Ryan Wallace PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 6, 2018 - 2:14 AM

The Van Horn coaching staff preached it all game – finish. Finish the run. Finish the play. Finish the tackle.

With a 12-10 lead 10 minutes into the third quarter, the Falcons (5-2, 1-1 Crossroads Conference), couldn’t finish the game strong Friday night as Summit Christian Academy (6-1, 3-0) ran away from the Falcons in the fourth quarter for a 38-12 win at Frontier Justice Field in a battle for the Crossroads Conference title.

“It’s a symptom of what we have here right now,” Van Horn head coach William Harris said. “We have some young kids who are still learning how to prepare. Right now we’re not preparing to finish games.

“It’s good enough in the first half. It’s good enough against teams who are not as good as us, or who don’t play as hard, but when we play a team like them, that’s going to fight you on every single play. At some point it wears down if we’re not completely focused.”

With about three minutes left in the third quarter, Drevion Downton blocked an SCA punt from Josh McConnell to give the Falcons the ball on the SCA 16. Two plays later, junior running back Davontae Telar punched the ball in from the 7 to give Van Horn a 12-10 lead with 2:38 left.

That’s when McConnell started to take over for SCA. McConnell scored four times in the final 13 minutes, including an interception returned for a 50-plus yard touchdown, and a 65-yard, untouched run.

Following a McConnell touchdown to put SCA up 17-12 before the start of the fourth quarter, Van Horn’s drive stalled inside Eagle territory. Sean Mitchell fumbled the snap to punt, and SCA took over around midfield, setting up another McConnell score.

In all, McConnell scored all 38 SCA points and racked up 221 yards rushing.

“On the field, off the field,” SCA head coach Todd Berck said, “he’s just one of those kids you just love to have coached. I’m so proud of him and all the things he’s accomplished with the rest of the team. He’s our leader. He’s our heartbeat. When he gets rolling, we get rolling.”.

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