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O-North Fends Off Firebirds

By David Boyce, KC Star, 09/18/21, 8:00AM CDT


Parrish, Palmer lift Eagles in battle of undefeateds

To overcome over 150 yards in penalties against an undefeated team, Olathe North needed a couple of skill position players making plays.

Olathe North senior wide receiver/running back Jacob Parrish and senior quarterback Noah Palmer produced several wow moments Friday evening in the Eagles’ 21-7 victory over Lawrence Free State at Olathe District Activity Center.

“I was really happy the way we overcame some penalties,” Olathe North coach Chris McCartney said. “Our kids are tough. Our offensive line is solid, tough and physical. We kept overcoming anything they were throwing at us.

The win lifted Olathe North to 3-0, and Lawrence Free State dropped to 2-1.

While the duo made some eye-popping plays in the first half, Parrish and Palmer took their game to another level after Lawrence Free State tied the game 7-7 early in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Jet Dineen.

The Eagles responded by putting together a 65-yard drive. In that drive, Palmer had a 17-yard run, a 9-yard run and a 9-yard run. He capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, making it 13-7.

“Noah is one of the hardest runners I have ever seen,” Parrish said. “He is always fighting for yards. He is incredible.”

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