In a Saturday clash of 12-1 teams playing for the Missouri Class 6 state championship in high school football, Notre Dame-bound running back Jeremiyah Love scored all five touchdowns for Christian Brothers College as the Cadets handed Lee’s Summit North a 35-28 loss in overtime.
Lee’s Summit North had a chance to win it in regulation with an end-of-game field-goal attempt inside the CBC 10-yard line at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.
The kick was no good, but a CBC player ran into Lee’s Summit North kicker Liam Kays on the attempt. Roughing the kicker was assessed, so the Broncos got another shot — but that attempt was blocked by CBC.
Lee’s Summit North was playing in the first state championship game for football in school history, while Christian Brothers College is now a five-time state champion.
Love’s fourth touchdown Saturday went for just 7 yards, but — coupled with a subsequent and successful two-point conversion — it tied the game at 28 with less than seven minutes remaining.
The game was a shootout in the first half.
CBC opened the scoring with an 80-yard touchdown run by Love midway through the first quarter. A big-play threat all season, he’d later haul in an 84-yard touchdown pass from CBC’s junior quarterback, Cole McKey.
Lee’s Summit North answered with about two minutes left in the opening quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Leonard to Zavian Lindsey, and the teams traded blows through the rest of the first half.
Leonard and Lindsey hooked up again, this time from 49 yards, as the Broncos went up 14-7. Leonard later connected with senior tight end Zackary Coetzee for his third TD pass of the day. Sophomore Isaiah Mozee hauled in the fourth with just 4 ticks remaining until intermission.
Lee’s Summit North led 28-20 at halftime after rolling up more than 400 yards through the first two quarters.
The second half showcased some staunch defense by the Broncos. CBC twice drove into the red zone in the third quarter only to be rebuffed on fourth down. Meanwhile, the Broncos were able to grind some clock by leaning on their running game.
Lee’s Summit North advanced to the championship game with a 33-6 thumping of DeSmet in last weekend’s semifinal round. CBC had advanced with a 46-21 win at Liberty North.