Once again, Lee’s Summit North used a goal-line stand to outlast Olathe Northwest during the Sunflower-Suburban Showdown, but this one felt considerably more tense.
After Drew Dumas scored on a 3-yard run to trim the Broncos’ lead to 24-23 with 34 seconds left, Ravens coached Chip Sherman opted for a winner-take-all two-point conversion try.
Lee’s Summit North preserved the one-point win by stuffing Dumas — a 217-pound hammer of a running back, who finished with 109 yards and all three ONW touchdowns — on the game-deciding carry.
Myles Craddock played the hero’s role for the Broncos, grabbing a handful of jersey and holding up Dumas until more defenders could wrestle him to the turf.
Last season, Lee’s Summit North (3-2) broke up a pass in the end zone during the closing seconds on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in preserving a 21-16 win.
“It was almost identical,” Broncos coach Jamar Mozee said. “This time they ran it. Last time they threw it. That was a little too close for comfort there. … It’s a big team, big running back. They did a good job. They held their mud. We kept them to one less point than we had, so the defense did a good job tonight.”
Lee’s Summit North, which lost 45-24 against Lee’s Summit West last week, stumbled out of the gate against Olathe Northwest.