With his team clinging to a one-point lead and the game on the line against its biggest rival, Olathe North senior Deion Poindexter knew he had to make a play.
Poindexter produced a sack on the Falcons’ 2-point conversion attempt with less than 2 minutes to play Friday, giving the Eagles a dramatic 21-20 win at the Olathe District Activities Center.
“We had to win that game. That’s one game we need to win for our season,” Poindexter said. “It’s very big to win. They were talking trash before the game and during the game. We just had to keep our composure and do what we do.”
Brett Beene had connected with Tre Adger for a 77-yard touchdown pass over the middle moments earlier to bring South within one. The Falcons coaching staff decided to go for the win, and Poindexter blitzed from his defensive back position and made the game’s crucial stop.
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“That was huge,” Olathe North coach Chris McCartney said. “Deion is a physical kid and is one of the few starters we have back from last year. He saw an opportunity and closed it for us.”
After trailing 14-6 at the break, North controlled the second half. Eagles quarterback Mason Myers scored two of his three touchdowns and the North defense held the Falcons to less than 10 yards of total offense until their long touchdown pass.
“As coach said, we’re just a second-half team, that’s all it is,” Myers said. “We’ve got to fix it and become a first-half team as well.”
Nick Jouret gave Olathe South a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs of 2 and 67 yards in the first half.
Myers capped a 12-play drive by diving into the end zone from the 2, putting Olathe North on the board late in the second quarter. His touchdowns in the second half came from 7 and 10 yards out.
“I have to give the credit to my teammates,” Myers said. “They got the ball down the field and I just made some reads.”
Jonya Boyd paced Olathe North, 1-1, with 115 rushing yards and Jouret finished with 105 yards on the ground for Olathe South, 0-2.
“This is a big win for us,” McCartney said. “We came back in the second half and fought and picked it up when it was necessary.”