OLATHE, Kan. – Third-and-goal, six seconds left and the Olathe Northwest Ravens stood 1 yard away from victory.
Coming out of their final timeout, the Ravens lined up in the shotgun. Quarterback Easton Crupper found tight end Ryan Andrew on a curl route, but he was met and stood up by a flurry of Broncos defenders and driven back. The Lee’s Summit North Broncos had done something they haven’t done all season – taste victory.
Lee’s Summit North’s goal line stand capped off a well-executed 21-16 win for head coach Jamar Mozee and the Broncos (1-4) Friday night.
“It’s pretty neat to come over here (to Kansas) and get your first win, hopefully this leads to more,” said Mozee. “Guys have been working hard. We just haven’t came out on the good side of things, and to come down to the last second was pretty scary but we won and I’m proud of my guys.”
The Broncos’ defense was stingy in the red zone, but the Lee’s Summit North offense stole the show. Senior running back Tori Hicks had the play of the night, catching a bobbled handoff, cutting back and exploding for a 59-yard touchdown. Hicks’ 59-yard scoring run was a game-changer.
“It’s a pitch to the left, I got it and saw they were over-pursuing, I took a L cut, cut up, and saw open space and just used my speed to get there and go score,” Hicks said.
Hicks was North’s workhorse, but he got help from a fellow senior, receiver Cameron Hairston. Hairston used his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame to routinely make big plays on his way to a 100-yard receiving night.
“It was a big win for us, for me, for my line, for everybody on my team,” said Hicks. “We just really wanted one. My team wanted a big win and we got one tonight.”
For coach Chip Sherman and the Olathe Northwest Ravens (0-3), it was another heart-wrenching night.
“We’ve got to finish,” Sherman said. “We lost a double-overtime game, we lost an overtime game and we lost by one yard. I mean, we’re so close. The kids are working hard, resilient. We just gotta get back on the horse and keep going.”
Despite the loss, the Ravens had some bright spots. Offensively, running back Charlie Pfister rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown while receiver Joe Hatzfeld caught four balls for 52 yards.
The defense had a strong second half. After surrendering 21 points in the first half, the Ravens shut out the Broncos offense.
“They made good halftime adjustments and the defensive guys did a good job in putting us in a position to win and obviously we came up one yard short,” Sherman said.
Sherman and the Ravens will seek their first win at Shawnee Mission North next week, while Lee’s Summit North will play host to crosstown rival Lee’s Summit.