Class 6, District 2
Blue Springs South 42, Wentzville Holt 13
Quarterback Max Conard was responsible for three touchdowns -- two passing and an 86-yard run -- as the Jaguars went to suburban St. Louis and emerged with an upset win over the second-seeded Indians (6-4).
Conard threw two touchdown passes 33 seconds apart in the final minute of the first half, set up by a Holt fumble -- one of the Indians’ four turnovers -- and a bad snap to the punter that led to a turnover on downs at the Holt 22-yard line. Within those seconds, seventh-seed Blue Springs South (3-7) extended its advantage from 18-13 to 32-13.
Running back Nahshon Rick ran for 117 yards, while his 13-yard touchdown with midway through the first quarter -- coupled with a Conard to Cortes Essex conversion -- gave Blue Springs South the 8-7 ead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Up next for the Jaguars? Another trip to the eastern half of the state for a matchup against No. 3 seed Troy Buchanan (7-3).
Class 4, District 7
Grandview 31, Belton 6
Dae’Mond Turner led all players in both passing yards and rushing yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the No. 3 seed Bulldogs into the district semifinals.
Among the highlight-reel plays were Turner’s 97-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and the 80-yard catch-and-run completion to Marquise Samuels late in the third.
Antone Grant added a pair of touchdowns for host Grandview (5-5), which next plays at second-seeded Grain Valley (7-3) -- a rematch of the 6-3 Bulldogs win from Week 2.
Jamall Baker provided the Pirates’ only points with his 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
With the loss, Belton finished the season 0-10.
Class 4, District 8
Platte County 36, Winnetonka 13
Christopher Ruhnke passed for three touchdowns, two to Colby Rollins, and Cayden Davis ran for two more to lead the host Pirates to their second win over the seventh seeded Griffins in three weeks.
This one will send second seeded Platte County (7-3) to the district semifinal for the eighth time in the eight-year history of this playoff format, where they’ll play host to their Highway 92 rivals Smithville (9-1).
The Pirates shut out the Warriors 15-0 a month ago for Smithville’s only loss.
But first, Platte County had to get passed the game Griffins (5-5) and quarterback Jovan Satterwhite again. Two weeks after pushing the Pirates to the limit in Tonka’s 20-14 loss, the Griffins weren’t able to close the gap.
Satterwhite passed for 269 yards and ran for a touchdown, while Montre Moore rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Class 3, District 8
St. Joseph Benton 40, Pembroke Hill 27
Powered by Chol Ater’s four touchdown runs and 298 yards of offense, the visiting Cardinals earned their first tournament win since the current format began in 2012.
Ater scored on runs of 28 yards (first quarter), 50 yards and 66 yards (both in the second quarter) as sixth-seeded Benton (2-8) led 19-0. His final touchdown covered 54 yards with 2:24 left and put an end to the Raiders’ hopes.
Innis McLiney passed for three touchdowns and 289 yards and ran for another touchdown as the third-seeded Raiders (7-3) pulled within six points twice in the second half.
Next, Benton will try to extend its improbable run with a rematch at Week 9 opponent Chillicothe (8-2), the No. 2 seed. The Cardinals lost that game 42-7 and saw its season end with a 41-20 loss last season.
Class 2, District 7
Lafayette County 40, Holden 3
Mason Gash ran for three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a fourth score as the host Huskies, seeded third in the district, ran away with the win.
Gash led all rushers with 170 yards on the ground, but it was his return just after sixth-seeded Holden (3-7) scored its only points that triggered the momentum for Lafayette County.
The Huskers (8-2) have won six in-a-row and have allowed just five points per game in their last three.
Class 2, District 8
Lawson 48, Lexington 10
Andrew Stephens rushed for two touchdowns and 155 yards, while Patrick Hand scored two more to lead the fourth-seeded Cardinals in their home win over No. 5 seed Lexington (5-5).
Stephens crossed the 1,000-yard threshold for the season while topping 140 yards for the fifth straight game. His first-quarter touchdown runs and 1 yard and 13 yards quickly put the game out of reach.
The Cardinals (7-3) visit top seeded Maryville (9-1) next week.