In a game marred by a tremendous amount of penalties, all it would take was one mistake for Lee's Summit North or Lee's Summit to win at Bud Hertzog Stadium.
Friday night, Lee's Summit committed the key foible to turn the game into the Broncos' favor.
Tiger senior punter Evan Sanders muffed a high snap on a punt at the start of the final quarter, forcing Sanders to dive on it at his own five-yard line. Two plays later, Lee's Summit North junior quarterback Christian Carter weaved into the end zone for the game-winning score and a 14-7 Suburban Big Seven win Friday.
It's the first win for the Broncos against Lee's Summit since 2008.
"It feels good – like a monkey off of our backs," Lee's Summit North head coach Jamar Mozee said. "They've been beating up on us for a long time. Our kids took it personally this week."
The Tigers had a shot at tying the game at the end of regulation after Carter, extending the ball for a touchdown, concluded a 13-play drive by fumbling into the end zone. Lee's Summit piled on it, giving them the ball with 1:55 left.
"I should have just went down," Carter said. "I learn from my mistakes."
Sophomore Tiger quarterback Darrius Pearsall led a march to the North 41 before turning it over on downs.
The two teams rode a deadlocked 7-7 tie into halftime, both scores coming with less than two minutes in the half. The first came in the midst of a five-play drive by Lee's Summit, in which Pearsall tossed a 55-yard pick-six to North sophomore linebacker Kienen Gaskin.
"The whole time I was thinking about getting a pick because I saw how the ball was thrown," Gaskin said. "It was wide open."
Lee's Summit tied the game as time expired before the intermission with a heavily contested three-yard fade from Pearsall to star senior receiver, Somaj Brewer.