Lee’s Summit North just came up a little short. And for a team coming off a two-win season, that’s not such a bad thing.
North fell to Park Hill South 16-13 in a back-and-forth battle Aug. 22 in its season opener at the Bronco Activity Complex. The Broncos even had a chance to win – or tie – in the final seconds but came up short.
“The kids showed a lot of fight,” Broncos coach Ty Kohl said. “I was really proud of the effort.”
North got the ball back with 1 minute, 54 seconds left in the game and trailing by three points. The Broncos drove down to the Park Hill South 20-yard line, where Kohl faced a decision: go for the tie, or go for the win?
He decided to go for the win.
“We were at home, we have a sophomore kicker who hasn’t kicked in a varsity game and a senior on the soccer team who hasn’t practiced much with us,” Kohl said. “And the kids were cramping up. We had to win this thing.”
North, though, couldn’t convert on fourth down. But Kohl still found plenty to like in his young team’s first game. Running back Chase Swisher rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Nathan Webb tossed a 38-yard TD pass to Duane Hampton.
“Our kids are learning how to win, and that’s a step,” Kohl said. “We’ll continue to build on that for this week and continue to get better.”
This is a short week for North. The Broncos face Winnetonka Thursday night (Aug. 28) at North Kansas City District Stadium. Last year, North turned ball over seven times and blew a 21-7 lead in a painful 38-34 loss.
“I think everyone that was there remembers that game,” Kohl said.
LEE ’S SUMMIT : Drew Lock is off and rolling.
Lock, the Tigers Missouri-bound senior quarterback, threw for 372 yards and seven touchdowns in the Tigers 81-42 romp over Truman at William Chrisman High School. Lock completed 17 of 21 passes before leaving the game in the third quarter. His first three TDs came on the Tigers’ first three possessions as they jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter.
Lock was able to spread the wealth around, too. Hunter Allee had 144 yards on seven catches for three touchdowns and Sam Buckner also caught three TDs and had 122 yards in six catches.
This week, the Tigers face a tougher test when they go on the road again to face Columbia Hickman.
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY : The Eagles started their second season of varsity play with a 32-27 loss to Polo Aug. 28 on their home field.
Summit Christian took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 29-yard pass from Max Bryan to Ross Parke, but Polo took command with three straight touchdowns.
Bryan, who completed 14 of 23 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns, brought the Eagles closer with another TD pass to Parke and TD catches by Zach McConnell and Jordan Murray.
Summit Christian next plays Aug. 29 at Lone Jack.