Blue Springs South was clinging to a seven-point lead Friday, and less than a minute remained on the clock, when Jaguars senior Briley Moore-McKinney said he took a second — albeit a brief one — to appreciate the moment.
“It’s one of those things you grow up dreaming about,” he said. “You love being in those positions.”
Blue Springs South came out on the right side of it, too.
The Jaguars used a last-minute goal-line stand to defeat Park Hill 14-7 in their season opener on Friday.
“It might’ve been ugly on the way,” Blue Springs South coach Greg Oder said in a phone interview after the game. “But it ended pretty good.”
Much better than last season. In the 2014 season opener, Park Hill defeated Blue Springs South 43-18.
On Friday, Blue Springs South grabbed a 7-0 halftime lead when Moore-McKinney caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Noah Nigro. Adam Cofield extended the lead to 14-0 with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Park Hill countered with a 2-yard touchdown run from Dorian Clayton.
“We knew had to come out hard because they showed us last year they’re a really good football team,” Cofield said. “We worked all summer to get this win.”
Lee’s Summit 33, Truman 0
Lee’s Summit caught its first glimpse in four years of life with star quarterback Drew Lock.
And it could be OK, after all. At least in the short term.
Lee’s Summit rolled to a 33-0 win against Truman on Friday.
Dalton Hill, Lock’s successor, threw for two touchdowns — both of them to Delshaun Presley — and ran for two more. He passed for 195 yards.
“(Someone) said we would lose by 30 points, so this is a slap in the face to them,” Hill said. “We have a lot of new players, and it just took us awhile to settle down.”
Lee’s Summit North 21, Park Hill South 7
As he cycled through summer practices, Lee’s Summit North first-year coach Jamar Mozee says he was hopeful his system would sink in with his new team.
He knows now.
Lee’s Summit North defeated Park Hill South 21-7, making a winner out of Mozee in his head coaching debut.
“It means a lot for our program,” Mozee said. “It just reinforces everything we’ve been doing. To see them reap the reward is pretty special.”
Tori Hicks and Chase Swisher provided the heavy lifting — most of it via the rushing game. Hicks ran for 148 yards, and they each added a touchdown.
“It’s really good to get that first ‘W’ out of the way. It feels get to get this program turned around,” Swisher said.
Deion Lee caught a 38-yard pass from Nate Webb to open the scoring in the first quarter.
North Kansas City 16, St. Joseph Lafayette 7
North Kansas City coach Leon Douglas refers to the 2014 season as one of the longest years of his coaching career.
The 2015 campaign is off to a better start.
On the opening week of the year, the Hornets matched their win total from last season with a 16-7 victory against St. Joseph Lafayette.
“This team is different,” Douglas said in a phone interview. “They allowed a touchdown on the opening drive, but the defense just made the adjustments. They hung in there and competed.”
And DJ Whitmill provided the offense. Whitmill ran for 150 yards — 50 of them in a third-quarter touchdown run.
Kevin Ewing put the Hornets on the board in the second quarter, when he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from John Joe Sanchez.