Park Hill junior quarterback holds his own against Lee’s Summit standout; Trojans ready for Homecoming
Coming into last week’s Lee’s Summit at Park Hill gridiron clash, the quarterback most fans were focused on was Tigers’ signal-caller Drew Lock.
This was understandable considering Lock’s performance the first two weeks, including a five-touchdown effort in a 77-55 victory over Kearney the week before.
But it was the Park Hill quarterback under center who nearly stole Lock’s thunder: junior Tyler Holmes, who started in place of injured senior Clay Ford. Holmes ran for three scores in a wildly entertaining game that saw Lee’s Summit hold on for a 31-26 victory.
Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said Holmes’ effort was not a big surprise to him.
“We knew all week that Tyler was going to start, we expected him to play well and he did,” Hood said. “Tyler and Clay battled and pushed each other all during the summer and practice — they both had a hand in what happened out here tonight.”
Park Hill, 1-2 after its two week gauntlet against Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit, will get a chance to catch its breath this week as the Trojans celebrate Homecoming. Friday night’s contest pits Park Hill against Truman, who is winless this season and has scored just seven points in three games.
“Homecoming is always a good time and Park Hill does an exceptional job of raising the school spirit for weeks such as this one,” Hood said. “I am excited to see the turn out for my first Homecoming game here. We will be recognizing the 2003 state championship football team that night, too, so that will be a special time for those in attendance. It is important for our players to focus on the task at hand. I want them to take in the moment of the week, but not lose sight of where we want to be when it all comes to an end Friday night.”
Back to last Friday’s instant classic.