The Sumner Academy Sabres needed some late-game heroics from their offense and their defense to overcome the Harmon Hawks’ fourth quarter comeback attempt on Friday evening. Nahshon Houston’s touchdown with 2 1/2 minutes to go gave Sumner the 26-20 victory.
Harmon struck first with a 3-yard touchdown run by Quincy Adams in the first quarter. A long pass to tight end Evan Wyatt was the key play in the drive.
The teams traded fumbles of the rain-slicked ball back and forth into the second quarter, which prevented either one from making a serious challenge.
Sumner got even midway through the second quarter on a Dominic Lee quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Malachi Moore’s run to the half-yard line set up the score.
Taking advantage of a Harmon fumble, Sumner took the lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Lee to receiver Donny Bagley with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half.
Sumner had the opportunity for another touchdown to close the half, but they were unable to connect on three pass attempts and a field goal try from the 20-yard line. The half ended with a 13-6 Sumner advantage.
Moore gave the Sabres a two-touchdown advantage with a 22-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Hawks pulled closer on a 3-yard touchdown run by Terrance Johnson near the end of the third quarter that made the score 20-12.
Harmon evened the score at 20 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Trevontae Rushing returned an interception 80 yards, and Harmon succeeded on the two-point conversion run by Adams.
On the following drive, the Sabres strung together runs from Moore and Houston to march quickly down the field. Houston picked up the game-winning score on a 3-yard run over the right side of his offensive line. An interception by Moore shut down Harmon’s drive.
Sumner’s record in the Kansas City – Atchison League improved to 2-2 (4-3 overall). They will play their final home game of the season against Atchison on Thursday evening at Schlagle Stadium. The Hawks fall to 0-4 in the league (0-7 overall). They will play at Wyandotte on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
The Bishop Ward High School volleyball team won the Wyandotte County varsity tournament held at Schlagle High School on Saturday, Oct. 6. Harmon, Sumner, Turner, Washington and Wyandotte high schools also participated.
The Lady Cyclones finished first in pool play, and then defeated Turner in straight games in the final. Senior outside hitter Judis Ree provided offensive power from the left side, and produced a critical string of service points in the final game. Senior middle hitter Billie Pridey helped control the front line.
Wyandotte defeated Washington for third place in the consolation game.
Johnny Russell’s late, rain-soaked equalizer helped Sporting Kansas City crawl into the MLS playoffs, as they tied the LA Galaxy 1-1 at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday night.
Russell zigzagged his way past two Galaxy defenders to take the decisive shot in the 83rd minute of the game.
The Galaxy took the lead midway through the first half when defender Matt Besler was called for tripping Galaxy forward Ola Kamara as he attacked the goal. Zlatan Ibramovic took the penalty shot, which he knocked into the left corner past goalkeeper Tim Melia, who had committed to the other direction.
Sporting KC controlled the ball 60 percent of the time, and made 34 shot attempts to only 8 by Los Angeles. Sporting had several opportunities where a goal looked inevitable, but came away with near misses or one of Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham’s 8 saves.
In his post-game press conference, head coach Peter Vermes called out the poor officiating by referee Jair Marrufo as well as replay officials. Two calls particularly drew his wrath because they directly affected the scoring.
In the tripping penalty against Besler, it did not appear that he made contact with Kamara. Also, late in the game, Bingham clocked KC forward Diego Rubio in the head as both went up for a cross. Although contact to the head is a foul, no penalty was awarded to Kansas City in that situation.
A win would have helped Sporting’s cause in the MLS Western Conference playoff chase. Even though they’re now assured of a place, SKC remains in a close race with FC Dallas and Los Angeles FC for a first-round bye and home field advantage in their playoff matches.
Sporting KC will play next at the Vancouver Whitecaps on Oct. 17. They’ll be back in Kansas City to play LAFC on Oct. 28, the last game of the regular season.