After Further Review: Cole Young 10/31

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 31, 2017 - 9:29 AM

My favorite moment of the 2017 football season may have happened at a game I found out about hours later on Twitter.

Ruskin entered its playoff game against Raytown with an 0-9 record. They’d lost by 38 in the earlier meeting this season. They have less guys on their varsity squad that most suburban teams have on their freshman squad.

But guess what, the Eagles won.

For the first time since 1991, the Eagles won a postseason game, beating Raytown 20-14.

Tyrell Rock, all 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds of him, had the kind of game that he’ll talk about forever, scoring all three touchdowns for the Eagles.

People can bemoan the Missouri playoff system all they want and there are no doubt some problems with it. However, Ruskin got a 10th game last week and it’s a win that could propel the program into the offseason.

Even with just 19 players, it’s refreshing to see Ruskin showing up and playing its games. It seems like nearly every week some team in Missouri is forfeiting a game because they feel they are overmatched. It would have been easy for Ruskin to do the same thing.

Instead, they are getting ready for a game against Battle, a 6-3 team from Columbia.

Will Ruskin shock the world again this week? Who knows. Regardless of the result, if the Eagles are a force in the Suburban conference in two or three years you can point back to the victory they had over Raytown as a turning point.

The same could be said at Raymore-Peculiar.

The Panthers didn’t have the season they were hoping for, finishing 2-8.

Here’s the thing though, for 48 minutes and two overtimes, they gave top-seeded Lee’s Summit everything they wanted and more last week.

Ray-Pec, who had lost to the Titans by 34 in the regular season also has to be feeling a boost heading into the offseason.