WYANDOTTE - Ryan Keenom showed he deserved MVP honors for the South in Monday night's Wyandotte Lions' Club Senior Bowl football game.
The Colcord senior passed for one touchdown and rushed for two others in a 32-14 romp by the South in the 39th renewal of the game.
The win was the fourth straight for the South, which now has pulled even in the series, 18-18.
Keenom, the offensive MVP in District 2A-3, rushed for 81 yards and completed five passes for an additional 150 yards.
The South led 25-0 before the North even got on the scoreboard. And then it scored twice in the span of 4:14 to keep things marginally interesting.
Daniel Walker of Commerce teamed with Miami's Zack Simpson on a 38-yard TD strike with 7:36 remaining. Adam Pryor of MHS nailed the extra point.
That capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive that included seven running plays. And the North had to overcome a holding penalty on the previous snap.
Any momentum the North might have gained was lost when an onside kick was returned 21 yards by Kaleb King of Grove.
That left the South at the North 46. Five plays later, Keenom broke loose on a 24-yard TD scamper on a third-and-3 play.
King's PAT kick made it 32-7 with 4:57 remaining.
The South got “big-played” again by the North after the ensuing kickoff.
Walker carried for 5, then Afton's Jessie Gibson took off on a 74-yard romp down the left sideline. The extra-point kick by Pryor created the final margin with 3:18 remaining.
Despite the lopsided margin on the scoreboard, the South only outgained the North by a total of 21 yards.
The South finished with 287 yards in total offense, 129 on the ground and 158 via the airways thanks to Keenom's efforts.
The North had 208 yards on the ground, the bulk coming from Miami's Keith Freeman, who rushed for a game-high 104 yards on 20 carries. That earned him North MVP honors.
The rotation of Walker and Afton's Shea Henry resulted in four completions for 58 yards.
It took only 21 seconds for the South to grab a lead it would hold all night.
Henry had a pass intended for Simpson intercepted by Brett Sanders of Kansas at the South 43-yard line.
On the very next play, Keenom hooked up with Justin Brown on a 57-yard TD strike. Brown bobbled the ball at first, then once he got things under control, set sail for the end zone untouched.
Cyle Kirby of Jay ran the conversion.
Those were the only points until Keenom took off on a 45-yard scoring run with 1:45 until intermission.
Keenom's TD run came on the third play after a North punt.
Keenom lobbed a pass to Josh Bray of Westville for the conversion.
The South got a safety with 47 seconds left in the third quarter when a snap to Simpson on a punt was high.
The Northeastern A&M signee opted to run the ball out of the north side of the end zone rather than risk further damage.
After the free kick, the South had to drive only 52 yards to get its next touchdown, an 8-yard run off tackle by Salina's Josh O'Field.