Shawnee Mission Northwest tight end C.J. Perez heard it.
The Cougars saw their 24-point advantage Friday night vanish against a Shawnee Mission North program hungry to see its long losing streak disappear.
“You could hear their crowd. They got excited,” Perez says. “They were loud. We had to do something.”
SM Northwest kicker Jonathan Killeen had what it took to silence them.
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Killeen booted a 22-yard field goal with 7.4 seconds remaining, lifting SM Northwest past SM North 34-32 at SM North.
The Cougars, 1-1, led 24-0 in the third quarter when SM North sophomore quarterback Will Schneider went all Johnny Manziel on them.
Schneider, a left-handed version of Manziel, dazzled SM Northwest with his hands and his feet. He threw five second-half touchdown passes. The last one, a 3-yarder to Parker Williamson, pushed the Indians in front 32-31 with 1:14 to go. SM North went for two but the run failed, setting the stage for even more dramatics.
SM Northwest started from its 28 when the combination of quarterback Clay Drouillard and Perez got busy. They hooked up a couple times, including a 13-yarder on third-and-3, sending the Cougars deep into SM North territory. Tack on a personal foul by SM North on that play and SM Northwest was in business at the Indians’ 13. The Cougars then advanced it to the 5 and sent in Killeen to do his thing.
Ultimately, he did in SM North.
“We’ve worked on that situation before,” SM Northwest coach Linn Hibbs said . “We’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”
It was just another in a long line of setbacks for the Indians, 0-2, who now have lost 21 in a row. Their last triumph came in October 2011.
Afterward, Schneider could not hold back tears. Give him a break, though. he showed that he has got the goods.
“To be that close and have it taken away from us hurts,” Schneider said.
At least early, it did not appear this one would be close.
By the time SM Northwest junior running back Duron Lowe had notched his first two carries of the game, SM North was a hurting unit. Lowe’s long distance touchdown runs of 80 and 92 yard seemed to be the perfect prescription.
The Indians, behind Schneider, had the remedy. Three of his scoring passes happened in the third quarter and gave SM North life.
Asked what it will take to get over that hump, Schneider didn’t hesitate.
“I want to find out because I want to win a game,” he said.